Best reasons to add strength training to your workout
We all know strength training is important to general fitness. Here are some of the best reasons to start adding it today.
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Strength training recommendations
You probably hear it all the time, “lift heavy,” “add more weight,” “be sure to include some form of strength training.” There’s good reason to this. I’m not saying only lift weights or that you should only lift heavy, but I am saying you should do some strength training.
Strength training should be a regular part of fitness program. The general recommendation is to train all your major muscle groups at least 2 times a week. Furthermore, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends 8-12 reps of various exercises that train all your major muscle groups.
There are a couple ways to go about this. One is to train upper body and lower body on the same day twice a week. The other option is to do a split routine, which is very popular in bodybuilding. A split routine is where you train upper body one day, and lower body another day. The key here to meet the recommendation is to do this 4 times, 2 upper body days and 2 lower body days.
Best reasons to strength train
#1 it’s great for your metabolism. Muscles require energy, meaning you’ll be burning more calories. And not just during your workouts. On average, when we’re inactive, we lose 3-5% of our muscle mass each decade after age 30 which can slow down our metabolism. So keeping muscle on gets more and more important with age.
#2 feeling strong is a real confidence booster. As we build strength, we get and feel stronger.
#3 it’ll help you lean out, and not get bulky (for women in general). I know there is a fear for us women around lifting weights, and Google images probably doesn’t help. But for most women, lifting weights will help get you that toned look (with proper eating too) and aids in fat loss.
#4 it’s great for your bones. Women are at higher risk of osteoporosis. Strength training can help minimize that.
#5 the options are endless. You don’t have to go to a gym to start strength training. You don’t even have to pick up a pair of weights. You can use your bodyweight: pushups, pullups, squats, lunges. You can take up yoga or pilates. Resistance bands are magical and travel well. Of course, you can use weights and grab a pair of dumbbells or kettlebells for at home. You can go to the gym as use the machines and free weights, take fitness classes, sign up for a bootcamp class, or even try Crossfit!
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Do you strength train? If so, what do you do? If not, how do you plan to start?
Until next time! -Atim
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