Personal Trainer Denver CO – Why Do Resistance Training?
My last post was all about the reasons that many women come up with for not doing resistance training and why those reasons are not valid. Of course most of it can apply to men too, but if you read the post you can plainly see that not all of it can.
Now, for the other side of the coin; why you should do resistance training. I’ll keep it in sync with the last post and cater to the needs of the ladies.
Here are some of the reasons that women should do resistance training:
1. Due mostly to hormonal factors, women tend to be about 50% weaker in their upper body and 30% weaker in their lower body than men. Through resistance training, women can increase strength per pound of body mass and lean muscle mass. This is called strength-to-weight ratio. Unless your genetics are somewhat freakish or you are supplementing hormones to induce muscle growth, the likelihood of you building too much muscle is pretty much a myth.
2. Resistance training will burn more calories than doing aerobic exercise. Your metabolism is increased for twice the duration of time when you do resistance training as opposed to doing just cardio. This will result in less storage and more burning of fat.
3. If you engage in athletic activities, your performance and ability will be generally improved. If you cycle, you’ll be able to continue for longer periods of time with less fatigue. Skiers improve technique and reduce injury. Whatever sport you play, resistance training has been shown to improve overall performance as well as decrease injury. This applies to daily tasks as well.
4. You will be physically stronger. Increasing your strength will make you far less dependent upon others for assistance in daily living. Chores will be easier, lifting kids, groceries and laundry will not be as exhausting. Research studies conclude that even moderate weight training can increase a woman’s strength by 30 to 50 percent. Research also shows that women can develop their strength at the same rate as men.
5. You will reduce your risk of injury, back pain and arthritis. Resistance training not only builds stronger muscles, but also builds stronger connective tissues and increases joint stability. This acts as reinforcement for the joints and helps prevent injury.
6. You will lower the risk of heart disease. According to Dr. Barry A. Franklin, of William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, weight training can improve cardiovascular health in several ways, including lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.
7. You will reduce your risk of diabetes. In addition, Dr. Franklin noted that weight training may improve the way the body processes sugar, which may reduce the risk of diabetes. Adult-onset diabetes is a growing problem for women and men. Research indicates that weight training can increase glucose utilization in the body by 23 percent in four months.
There are more reasons for doing resistance training, but I don’t want to write all night and hopefully by now you can see the value in it and just do it. No more excuses!