5 Surprising Benefits of Strength Training That Have Nothing to Do With Appearance

Did you know that under a quarter of Americans get enough physical exercise?

But there are many benefits to exercising aside from looking good. For example, going for a run is a great way to destress and clear your mind. Going to a yoga class is a brilliant way to connect with your spiritual self and to protect your body from future injury. 

In this article, we’ll look at just a few of the many benefits of strength training that will help make you feel strong and agile! 

1. Improved Mental Health 

If you struggle with your mental health, you may want to consider starting an exercise routine that includes strength training. 

Try to incorporate 150 minutes of moderate activity into your week including three sessions of strength training and you may notice a huge difference. 

It may take around two months before you begin to notice big changes. During this time, why not keep a journal of your routines and moods to see what works for you?

2. Control Your Blood Sugar Levels

If you already struggle with type-2 diabetes or are at risk of developing the condition, then strength training is a great way to help control your blood sugar levels.

By incorporating weights and bodyweight movements into your routine, you are increasing your body’s ability to use glucose.  

However, speak to a doctor before you begin a strenuous workout routine. Why not also consider hiring a personal trainer who will show you some of the best moves to get you started?

3. Reduce Your Risk of Getting Cancer

In fact, by doing strength exercises you can reduce your risk of cancer by around 30%. That’s enough to buy a few dumbbells for home workouts!

A reason for the reduced cancer risk is that by adding weights to your workout, you’re reducing your visceral fat.

If you don’t fancy using dumbbells in your workouts, why not check out Krav Maga for self defence for an interesting, alternative strength routine?

4. Improve Your Flexibility

Did you know that being flexible has many benefits? For example, you will improve your posture, reduce your risk of injury, and live with less pain.

Consider exercises such as lifting weights to improve your flexibility. If this is a little too daunting, why not try a strength-focused yoga class?

Before you workout, add in a few body strength exercises and stretches to ensure you’re getting the benefits of a warmup. 

5. Increase Your Expected Lifespan

Perhaps this isn’t a surprising benefit of strength exercises. By living healthily, we increase our chances of a long and fulfilling life. 

Strength exercises are just one way to ensure your body remains supple and disease-free into old age. 

Now You Know the Benefits of Strength Training 

You don’t need to follow a complicated routine to gain these benefits of strength training. Start with ten squats, press-ups, sit-ups, and lunges. 

Before long, you may find that you want to move your workout to the gym where you can focus on packing in some cardio and weights. Don’t overthink it, just get started. 

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