In Part 1, I listed 9 Reasons Why You Should Be Strength Training. In case you missed it, you can check it out here. Still not convinced of the benefits and think that by simply performing cardio you’re maximizing your health and welfare? Well, here are 9 additional reasons why you should be strength training.
2) Safeguard your heart health–Eating heart-healthy foods isn’t the only thing we can do for our heart on the road to wellness. Strength training also has positive cardiovascular powers that can help to protect us from heart disease.
3) Boost your spirits–Not happy with things at home or at work? Research has shown that strength training can have psychological benefits, including feeling more positive in the home setting or in the workplace.
4) Raise productivity levels–Getting in a quick workout can help you to stay focused throughout the workday. And in the event that you can’t get resistance training in your schedule, just taking a 30-minute walk during lunch can help to elevate your mood and decrease your stress levels.
5) Conquer boredom–We know that that muscles need time to recover. Switching up your routine is a must, and your body will quickly learn to adapt to a new challenge. A few ideas would be to decrease your reps while increasing your weight (resistance), trying a new exercise altogether to make sure you’re working in different planes of motion, and increasing the intensity, such as you do with interval training.
6) Prevent the blues-It happens…sometimes we feel down. It’s called life! Studies have shown that strength training can help keep anxiety at bay by causing the release of endorphins, our body’s natural pick-me-up. There is also evidence it helps to fight depression as well.
7) Sleep better–We have all heard suggestions for helping us fall asleep, like drinking warm milk, sipping herbal tea, and taking a hot shower. And while there have been numerous research studies linking better sleep to those who exercise regularly, some studies suggest that strength training in particular can lead to a better night’s sleep.
8) Improve your cardio strength–Do you secretly hate running on a treadmill, or exercising on a stair stepper or elliptical? Good news! A fast-paced strength training workout (especially those aimed at building muscle endurance) can keep your heart rate elevated, and may even count as cardio!
9) Reduce your risk of cancer–Research studies have indicated that strength training 3x/week for 6 months led to a decrease in oxidative stress, which can lessen our cancer risk.
There you have it. 9 more reasons to begin strength training ASAP! Got questions on how else you can reduce your oxidative stress? Do you or someone you know have questions on how to get started with a strength training program? Call my office at once at (302)691-9055 or visit my website at www.wildermanphysicaltherapy.com to schedule your FREE 30 minute consultation to see how Physical Therapy can help. Don’t delay–schedule now!