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Unique Perks of Strength Training

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If you’re an avid exerciser, but haven’t yet committed to including strength training in your workout routine, now is a great time to start reaping the many benefits it can provide.

In this blog post, I’ll tell you about several unique perks of strength training that you may not know you’re missing out on.

There are so many benefits to strength training that they can be hard to keep up with. From your physical and mental health to sleep and more, strength training can have a positive impact on many areas of our lives. Here are some of the major benefits:

While most people think that cardiovascular exercise like running, walking, or using an elliptical machine is the best way to lose weight, in reality strength training can be just as, if not more, important. In fact, studies have shown that men who weight trained for 20 minutes a day had less belly fat than those who did daily aerobic workouts.

Not only will having more muscle mass help you burn more calories, but it can also keep us healthy as we age. Everyone loses some muscle mass after age 30, but if you are inactive you can lose as much as 3 to 5% per decade. By starting strength training now, you’ll keep your muscles strong as you age. And in the meantime, you’ll strengthen your bones and improve your flexibility and balance, making falls and their associated injuries less common. Strength training was even found to increase bone density and reduce fractures in post-menopausal women.

If you have arthritis or diabetes, strength training is an especially good remedy. It is known to reduce arthritis pain just as effectively as medication and can help those with type 2 diabetes control their glucose levels.

On top of the physical benefits, strength training can help you get better sleep. When college students did bicep curls and leg presses in the morning, they fell asleep 45 minutes faster and slept through the night, according to one study. It also raises your endorphin levels which can improve your mood, has antidepressant effects, and can even improve your sex drive by increasing your testosterone levels.

Finally, kids can also benefit by doing strength training activities. When 10 to 12 year olds participated in strengthening activities, they reduced their risk of both heart disease and diabetes while reducing their body fat.

That’s a lot of benefits! I encourage you to work strength training into your fitness routine, even if it’s just a few times a week. To learn more about how strength training can make you healthier and happier, visit www.dinakhader.com.

If you have any further questions or concerns, or would like to come in for a fitness assessment, call The Khader Center at (914) 242-0124.

Be healthy!

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