5 Reasons You Should Start Strength Training
Strength training can provide you with a plethora of benefits, the most obvious of which is more muscle. But it goes a bit deeper than that. Here are five compelling reasons that I think will convince you to step off the treadmill and into the weight room.
Reason #1: It Reduces Stress
In today’s high paced world, it’s not uncommon for many of us to feel stress and burden of every day life.
More often than not, that stress begins to take its toll on us and we’re left without a proper way to deal with said stress.
Sure, there’s Netflix binging and eating delicious comfort food or even downing a bottle of Jack Daniel’s but that type of hedonism won’t do you much good in the long run.
For starters, none of those things I mentioned involves you being physically active.
This is why you should start strength training! It’s a damn good form of stress relief.
Exercise in general has shown to have immediate and long-term effects at reducing stress.
When you’re feeling frustrated at the hurdles life has set up for you, nothing can feel more gratifying than picking heavy stuff up and putting it down. And doing it all over again for 45 minutes to an hour.
It doesn’t matter when you work out either.
An early morning session of strength training can prepare you for the challenges the day will bring.
A mid-day workout can be a brief intermission to allow you to gather yourself to finish strong.
An evening workout can be a way to unwind so you can enjoy the rest of the night before going to bed.
Speaking of going to bed…
Reason #2: It Promotes Better Sleep
When you begin to exercise on a regular basis, sleep starts to improve as well.
Typical improvements you might notice include falling asleep faster, staying in deep sleep longer and generally feeling more refreshed and energetic in the morning.
If you work out in the evening before hitting the sack, sleep feels like a gratifying reward for putting in the work and not sitting on the sofa all night.
Better quality of sleep will allow you to wake up in the morning, ready to kick some ass and take names.
Reason #3: It Keeps You Young
Strength training is also a fantastic way of increasing bone mineral density and the strength of the muscles controlling your joints.
Having healthy bones and joints ensures we live a longer, injury-free life.
On top of that, strength training induces the release of human growth hormone (HGH).
Often touted as a fountain of youth, human growth hormone is responsible for development of muscle tissue and protein synthesis, as well as increasing fat burning and strengthening the immune system.
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