Happy Sunday readers! This week has been crazy busy and next week will be just the same. In the past, blogging has been sacrificed for a little extra downtime. However, I promised you guys a post every Sunday and I’m holding true to my promise!
Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing everything I know about health and fitness with all of you. I just have a tendency to seek balance and today all I wanted to do was get a workout in, veg out, let go of my responsibilities, and just have a little fun.
Well, so far so good! I got an awesome treadmill interval run and an upper body HIIT workout in this morning. Then R and I met one of our favorite couples at the Castroville Artichoke Festival since it was conveniently in Monterey this year! I enjoyed some delicious grilled artichokes, great company, and lively entertainment. (Oh and a bite of R’s artichoke cupcake! Yes, a cupcake made with artichokes in it. It was delicious. Mmm mmm mmm).
Now that my meal prep is done, onto the sharing!
I’ve mentioned in previous posts the benefits of strength training. However, when I (and most) talk about why to strength train it revolves a lot around appearance. Yes, you can reshape your body, increase your metabolism, and lose body fat through resistance training. But, maybe you aren’t seeing the aesthetic results as quickly as you’d like and are thinking about quitting. Gasp! DO NOT GIVE UP! I promise you they will come. In the meantime, there are many other really awesome, serious, and critical reasons to continue lifting weights, doing barre or Pilates, BodyPump, etc. I’m revealing 4 of them with you today!
1. Improve posture and reduce pain.
Building muscle is vital for posture. If your core, back, and hips are not strong your posture will lack. Poor posture can result in neck and back pain, limited joint range of motion, poor circulation, and can even increase your risk for depression.
2. Improve productivity, mood, and energy-levels.
Resistance training not only reduces feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression. It also boosts your productivity, mood, and energy levels. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues which helps blood circulate through your body more efficiently. This results in higher energy levels which helps your feelings of self-efficacy (or your belief in your capacity to perform necessary tasks). You will find yourself being more productive while also being more relaxed.
3. Reduce risk of chronic diseases.
Strength training reduces your risk of hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol. It also relieves symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
4. Increase bone density.
Increasing bone density to prevent osteoporosis is extremely important, especially for women. Post-menopausal women can lose 1-2% of their bone mass annually. Studies have proven that strength training increases bone density therefore, reducing the risk of osteoporosis among women aged 50-70.
What is your favorite reason to strength train? Tell me in the comments below.
Health and happiness,
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