5 Strong Reasons to Incorporate Resistance Training Into Your Workouts

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Resistance training is not reserved for body builders or those trying to be like Arnold.  It is an important aspect of training for each and every one of us, whether you’re trying to maintain independence as you get older or you’re training for an Ironman triathlon.

Cardiovascular exercise is not sufficient on its own to increase and maintain overall fitness and health.  Resistance training provides unique benefits that support our training regimens and help us reach our goals.  Resistance training and cardio combined (aka the Rowgatta Workout) offers the most efficient way to consistently improve strength and endurance while burning fat and building muscle.

Here are 5 strong reasons why resistance training is so important:

1.   Lower Abdominal Fat

Resistance training not only burns calories, but increases lean muscle mass, which stimulates the metabolism.  In fact, a study found that strength training is more effective at preventing increases in abdominal fat than cardiovascular exercise. 

2.   Better Cardiovascular Health

Strength training can directly improve heart health.  A research study demonstrated that young men who regularly strength train have better-functioning HDL, or good cholesterol, compared with those who don’t.  Moreover, strength training improves blood pressure and triglyceride levels, thereby providing direct benefits to the heart.

3.   Controlled Blood Sugar Levels

In addition to building strength, resistance training improves the muscle’s ability to take in and use glucose, or blood sugar.  Strength training, therefore, has the ability to decrease blood sugar levels in individuals.

4.   Improved Bone Health

Strength training significantly increases bone mineral density.  Resistance strengthens the bones and muscles, which stimulates cells within the bone to produce structural proteins and move minerals in the bone.

5.   Improved Flexibility and Mobility

Strength training can improve flexibility in both men and women, particularly through eccentric exercise.  Strength training can also improve mobility – by taking your joints through their full range of motion during strength exercises, you can increase that range of motion over time.