Benefits of resistance training

Resistance training involves activities that use weights, machines, resistance bands or even body weight to work your muscles properly. It is also known as strength training. Most people would think that when resistance training is done, the body will grow bigger. Actually it does not have to. Resistance training is simply about increasing the strength of the body, not always about its size.  Resistance training basically strengthens the muscles, and leans the body's fat stores. It can be used by any age group to achieve specific results.

  • Increased muscle strength, power, endurance and size
  • Increased bone density and strength
  • Reduced body fat
  • Increased muscle-to-fat ratio
  • Boosted metabolism(burning more calories when at rest)
  • Lowered resting heart rate and blood pressure after exercise (thought to reduce the risk of heart disease)
  • Improved balance and stability
  • Enhanced performance of everyday tasks
  • Reduced risk of, and improvement of, medical conditions – for example, diabetes and arthritis.

    Osteoporosis becomes a concern the older we get. It is a thinning of the bone mass that can result in bones easily breaking. Bone mineral density is usually supported by the hormones. To address the problem of not having the hormones to maintain the bone mineral density, physical activity is the next best option. Resistance training is one physical activity that can address this. Increased Strength, Strong bones and strong muscles will be developed as the body undergoes resistance training.

    It is a proven fact that muscle burns more calories at rest than fat. Not only will resistance training build fat burning muscle, but fat is also being burnt as you workout. Your muscle tone will improve, fat will be reduced and the shape of your body will improve.  Regularly doing resistance training can result in a lowered heart rate and lowered blood pressure, especially after exercise. The risk of heart diseases is reduced to a considerable extent.

    Resistance training assists the body in burning calories by increasing lean muscle mass and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). BMR is the number of calories your body burns at rest to maintain normal body functions. Muscle burns up to 5 times as many calories at rest compared to fat. This means that the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn, and the more likely you will lose the fat and keep it off.