There are plenty of reasons to begin making improvements to your life, starting today. From working towards becoming a morning person, to picking up running again, to focusing on reducing anxiety, or even just working on your all-around health and wellness – creating a healthy routine now will lay the groundwork for a better future.
Strength training is another key component for laying that foundation. We may understand the importance of moving each day, but building muscle tends to fall by the wayside. Here are five of the best reasons to make strength training a part of your life:
- Prevent injuries.
Strong muscles not only help support your body for endurance exercises (such as running or biking), but they also help build stronger ligaments and tendons. This means you’ll be less likely to pull something during your daily activities, and nobody wants to have to explain how they pulled a muscle while sprinting for the bus.
- Boost brain power.
We know how good it feels to be productive during the day. Did you know that strengthening your muscles can help with that? Any type of exercise will keep your brain healthy, but studies have found that resistance training can actually help even more – especially in older adults.
- Look good, feel good.
Building muscle can improve your personal body image, and all-around confidence. You’ll be walking taller (not only because muscle tone improves posture), and people will start asking: “what is making them so happy lately?”
- Make work more positive.
If you’re not always your happiest self at the office, studies have shown that lifting can make you feel more positive. Those good endorphins will be pumping through your body, and you’ll most likely be sleeping much better – a big key in reducing stress. Studies suggest that weight lifting specifically can lead to a better night’s sleep!
- Jump start that metabolism.
Strength training will help you lose weight more effectively than with cardio alone, as it gives your metabolism a big kick of power. This means when binge-watching your favorite TV show your body is still working hard and burning fat. How great is that?
Any type of exercise is important with long-term health, but adding a little extra strength training to your routine will go a long way!
[Credit: Schwecherl, Laura. “19 Reasons to Start Strength Training.” Greatist.]