Today’s Goel Ganga Group blog, we bring you the benefits of strength training, from our fitness expert at GCube, Madhavi Ghosh.
Strength training is an exercise where you build your muscles up to peak performance, because no one likes a person who can’t lift a book without cramping his arm.
Strength training can increase bone, muscle, tendon, and ligament strength. See what I mean? STRONG! However, the biggest benefit of Strength Training is improved joint function and it also reduces your susceptibility to physical injury. Strength Training increases bone density, increase in metabolism, and in turn increased fitness. With a balanced program of exercise which includes alternate Weight Training and Cardio Exercises one can have improved cardiac function (in other words, your heart is in tip top condition), and improved lipoprotein (which is a fancy word for fat and cholesterol) lipid profiles, including elevated HDL, “good” cholesterol, as it were.
Strength training is primarily an anaerobic activity.
One of the more common goals is to increase strength by lifting heavy weights. Other goals such as rehabilitation, weight loss, body shaping, and bodybuilding are also achieved through a proper Strength Training Regimen.
Even while training at a lower intensity (training loads of circa 20-RM), anaerobic glycolysis, or as we mortals call it; the digestion of sugar in the absence of Oxygen, is still the major source of power. At higher loads, the muscle will begin to use all muscle fibers possible, both anaerobic (fast-twitch) and aerobic (slow-twitch), in order to generate the most force.
Most men can develop substantial muscles; (blessed testosterone hormone by men) while women lack the testosterone to do it, but they can develop a firm and “toned” physique, and they can increase their strength by the same proportion as by men.
Strength training workouts elevate metabolism for up to 14 hours following 45-minutes of vigorous exercise which in turn also reduces your body fat percentage. Muscle is denser than fat, so someone who builds muscle while keeping the same body weight will occupy less volume; if two people weigh the same and are the same height but have different lean body mass percentages, the one with more muscle will appear thinner, fitter and toned.
And so, train hard for 2-3 days minimum per week to stay fit, stay strong, because if you don’t, no one else will.
Now that you know the grandeur and greatness of strength training, stop reading this article, switch off your electronic devices and begin to weight-lift. Preferably with weights. If you don’t have weights substitute it with other objects such as… cushions or really, really heavy pens.
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