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benefits of strength training

Have you ever been told that cardio is the best way to lose fat? While cardio can be important, so is strength training. Strength training is any physical movement where you use your body weight or equipment to build muscle mass, strength, and endurance. The types of equipment you can use during strength training include free weights, resistance bands or loops, weight machines, and suspension equipment.

Strength training allows you to lose body fat, increase muscle mass and burn more calories! This type of training also helps keep lean muscle intact, which tends to shrink with age. There are also many other benefits of strength training, including:

  • It makes you stronger. Although this may seem obvious, strength training makes you stronger! It will help you perform your everyday tasks much more easily and can improve your sports performance.

  • Control your weight. Strength training allows you to increase your metabolism. Your metabolic rate will start to increase, meaning you’ll not only burn calories while you exercise, but you’ll continue to burn calories for up to 72 hours after you finish. This allows you to lose weight.

  • Strengthen your bones. Your muscles aren’t the only part of your body that gets stronger with weight training! By stressing your bones, you are improving your bone density and reducing your risk of osteoporosis.

  • Better heart health. Studies have shown that strength training can lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and improve blood circulation by strengthening the heart and blood vessels. It also helps control blood sugar levels.

  • Improve your mood. As with any other exercise, strength training allows you to release endorphins that improve your mood. It can also improve your self-esteem and overall mental health.

  • Improve Life Quality. Strength training makes your daily tasks much easier. It also protects your joints from injury. Building muscles also contributes to better flexibility and balance, which helps prevent the risk of falls. This becomes more important as you get older.

Strength training is an essential part of physical activity. Strength training has many benefits, and you can start to see improvements with two to three 20- to 30-minute strength training sessions a week. Hamel Rec also offers many group strength training classes!

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