Are you currently adding strength training to your work out routine? Strength training allows you to build lean muscle mass for a leaner body. Do you think of those body builders that have huge muscles when you hear the word weight lifting and weight training machines? You’re not alone. Most people don’t realize that adding strength training several times a week is beneficial to your overall health that you can’t get by doing cardio alone. You don’t even have to have an expensive gym membership or fancy equipment in order to start building lean muscle. Learn more about the benefits of adding resistance to your workouts to strengthen your muscles.

Helps You With Your Weight Loss Efforts

Most people start exercising because they want to lose weight, get in shape, to live longer, or they want to be able to enjoy the foods that they love to eat without worrying about gaining weight. If you are currently trying to lose weight, adding strength training to your routine will help increase your body’s metabolic rate which will help increase the number of calories that your body burns in a day. The more calories that you burn in a day, the easier it is to lose weight. Remember that it takes 3500 fewer calories a week in order to lose 1lb.

Building Lean Muscle Helps you Workout Longer

Stronger muscles make it possible for you to be able to workout for longer periods of time. Plus, when you have more muscle you are stronger too.

Increases Bone Density

Aging causes our bones to start deteriorating making our bones more prone to injury and diseases like osteoporosis. Adding strength training to your exercise routine can slow the rate of deterioration or even reverse the aging process.  Slowing the process lessens your chance of injuring yourself or developing osteoporosis.

Strengthen your Muscles

The aging process also causes the muscles in your body to weaken which can lead to a wide variety of ailments. Your muscles provide support for your bones and joints.

People who have injured themselves or are sedentary, are more likely to have significant health problems. If you have ever sustained an injury, chances are you were sent to physical therapy to help strengthen your muscles and improve your flexibility.

Improves Posture

Did you know that your core muscles are responsible for helping you maintain your good posture? When your core muscles are weak, your body tends to naturally slump over. As you work towards strengthening your core muscles, your posture will improve. Try looking for exercises that help strengthen your core muscles (coming soon on Up Run for Life).

Improves Performance

Are you currently working out or playing sports? Are you looking to improve your performance? Try adding strength training to your current routine to help improve your overall performance. You are able to perform better because you have leaner muscles, more strength, and energy to do more. Give it a try and see where you can go. Don’t have time to go to the gym?

NeeBoo Fit Bands

 

Try adding NeeBooFIt Resistance Bands. These resistance bands can easily add resistance to any of your current workouts. This set offers 6 different bands that range from light to xx-heavy resistance. These are the same quality of bands that are used in physical therapy offices to help patients with the rehabilitation of weak muscle groups. The bands come with a carrying bag and they are just as effective as using weights.  You can purchase the NeeBooFit Resistance Bands on Amazon. Each band is 12 inches long and 2 inches wide.

Helps you Complete Daily Tasks Easier

Did you know that regular strength training can help you with your day to day activities? As we age, it often becomes more difficult to do everyday activities such as cleaning the house, doing laundry, chasing the kids, etc. Keeping your bones and muscles in shape helps make it easier to keep up with the demands of life.

Don’t worry you do not have a gym membership or own expensive equipment in order to start strength training today. There are plenty of exercises that you can do at home. Try a few of these exercises: squats, push ups, sit ups, burpees, etc. If you have been sedentary for a long time or have an injury, make sure that you talk to your doctor to determine what types of exercises that you should start out with. Once you start getting stronger and have built up some stamina, you should be able to start adding additional exercises and strength training to your routine.

Do you currently add strength training to your exercise routine?