Many people wonder why strength training should be part of your exercise regimen, especially those who are trying to lose weight. Many people think that doing cardio exercises alone is going to do your body wonders. Yes, early on when trying to lose weight, this is the case; but, for those who are simply exercising for overall health, or want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to include weight training as a part of your daily regime, each time that you go in to the gym for a workout.
What is strength training?
It is just what the name implies; it is lifting weights, in order to help sculpt, build, and create more muscle mass in your body. In addition to building muscle mass, you are also going to be able to maintain muscle mass, which is something that is very important, especially to individuals as they age. It does not require you to lift as much as bodybuilders do, it simply means doing different exercises, some using your own body weight, others adding weight, to help build the muscular system.
Not only is it going to help you build the muscular system, it is also going to help sculpt the body. After weight loss, you will find that it can help sculpt, and help with extra skin you see on the body. For elderly individuals, doing workouts will help you maintain muscle mass, so as to avoid aging too quickly, and to avoid the depletion which is often seen in elderly individuals who do not exercise on a regular basis.
Benefits of strength training
There are a number of benefits which you will realize from it. Some of these include:
- A leaner figure. Since muscle is leaner than mass, even if you weigh more than you did in the past or the same, you are going to look more sculpted and fit.
- Helps retain the skeletal and muscular systems.
- Helps with overall heart and cardiovascular health.
- It will give you more energy.
- It will avoid the possibility of sagging skin and other issues that come along with age.
- After weight loss, it is a way to help rebuild, and to help eliminate issues with sagging skin.
In addition to these benefits, those who lift weights and have a strength training regimen in place will feel better. You are also going to be a happier person, as you will release more endorphins in a workout, causing your mood to bolster. You will have more energy, you can do more activities, and you are going to feel happier, and tend to enjoy life more than those who do not have a regimen and do not do exercise on a regular basis.
This will really depend on the type of exercises you do. Often, having resistance bands, a weight bench (bench press bench), pulley systems, a jump rope, and some additional weight, is all you will need. More often than not, doing exercises which simply require you to use your own body weight is also going to do the trick. Exercises like dips, pushups, pull ups, squats and lunges, are all great examples of this. You do not have to add any additional equipment to do these exercises, and they are among the best exercises for sculpting, building muscle, and helping to maintain the muscular system.
Of course a gym membership will help for those who want to do more intense workouts and are trying to build muscle mass for different purposes. But, for the average individual, if you are simply trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and want to maintain your physique, you will find that having limited equipment should not hinder you in any way, as you are trying to get in a great workout; and, you do not need too much space either, if you are doing a majority of these exercises in the home, or any other location where you plan on doing your workouts at.
One way to learn to develop a strength training regimen is to hire a personal trainer. Yes, they are pricey, but early on, they can greatly benefit you. They will teach you proper posture, how to do exercises properly, even which exercises to do and when to do them, in order to ensure you attain the best results with your workouts. A personal trainer is also going to give you insight in to diet, and what you should include and eliminate from the diet, in order to ensure you are going to maintain a healthy lifestyle as well s a healthy eating pattern. And, over time, a trainer will modify your workout, to ensure you do not plateau when you are trying to lose weight or if you have any other goal you would like to reach.
Although you do not always have to stick with a personal trainer, at least for a few months, it is a great idea, simple to ensure you learn how to do the exercises properly, and to ensure you are not going to suffer from some grave injury or accident, when you are new to weight training, or when you do not know how to properly perform a majority of the exercises that you are going to be performing when you are doing your workout regimen.
There are a number of benefits to strength training; these are a few of them, and a few of the reasons why you should include a it as a part of your workout. Yes, cardio is extremely important and it should also be a part of your diet; but, those who do not do certain exercises, will find they are limited in the results they can reach. For a full workout, for the most beneficial workout, and to ensure you are going to attain the results you want to attain, you will want to do a cardio as well as a strength training workout, each time you are going to work out.