Strength Training and its Benefits

Strength training is also known as weight training, resistance training, and muscular training. Strength training is an important part of an overall fitness program. It involves using one or more muscle groups to perform a specific task, such as lifting a weight or squatting.

The main types of Strength Training include the following –

  • Muscular hypertrophy or Muscle building
  • Muscular endurance is the ability to sustain exercise for a period of time
  • Circuit training is to cycle through various exercises with little to no rest between them
  • Maximum muscular strength involves low reps (usually 2–6) and heavy weights to improve your overall strength
  • Explosive power combines power and speed to improve your power output

Benefits of Strength Training

Strength training is a key component of overall health and fitness for everyone. It has innumerable benefits-

  • Develop strong bones – strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis by stressing on the bones.
  • Manage your weight – can help you manage or lose weight by increasing your metabolism.
  • Makes you stronger
  • Decreases abdominal fat or Visceral fat which is associated with an increased risk of chronic diseases.
  • Sharpen your thinking skills regular strength training and aerobic exercise may help improve thinking and learning skills for older adults.
  • Lowers your risk of injury – it helps improve the strength, range of motion, and mobility of your muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
  • Boosts your mood – confers multiple benefits to mood regulation, such as increased self-esteem and self-efficacy.

As you incorporate strength training exercises into your fitness routine, you may notice improvement in your strength over time.


Sources: https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness/benefits-of-strength-training

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/strength-training/art-20046670

Author: Pallabi Sinha

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