Strength training is a type of physical exercise which uses resistance to oppose the force generated by muscles through concentric and eccentric contractions. If you want to build bigger biceps or get an elusive six-pack, strength training is an essential component for making it happen. But even if maxing out your muscle size isn’t your objective, strength training might still be the best way to hit your health goals.
Reduces chronic pain
Chronic pain, often defined as pain that lasts over 12 weeks, is a major health problem for millions of people across the globe. The health benefits of strength training include that it can treat several types of chronic pain, including low back, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia pain.
Increases bone mineral density
Bone mineral density (BMD) refers to the amount of bone mineral per unit of bone tissue, and, essentially, reflects the strength of bones. Low bone mineral density (osteoporosis) means that bones are weak and, therefore, more prone to fractures. After 30 years, you start to lose bone density at a small percentage each year. Strength training creates force on the bone and helps it stay strong.
Helps you lose weight
Strength training builds muscle, and muscle burns more calories than fat — up to three times more, according to some estimates. With strength training, you’re revving up your calorie burn. A study found that less than an hour and a half each week of strength training helped keep dieters from gaining back weight, and especially harmful belly fat.
Enhance your quality of life
Strength training may enhance your quality of life and improve your ability to do everyday activities. Building muscle also can contribute to better balance and may reduce your risk of falls. This can help you maintain independence as you age.