Strength training helps prevent age-related injuries
Increasing your bone density is essential for preventing fractures, especially as you get older. Strength training loads the bones, signaling them to lay a denser bone mass
When stronger muscles contract, they pull harder on the bones, which also signals your body to deposit more minerals and strengthen the structure of your bones and create new bone cells.
Strength training reduces the risk of overuse injuries from other sports (running, cycling, tennis, swimming, basketball, etc.) as well as daily activities because it strengthens your muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments and bones. Building muscle mass allows muscles and tendons to absorb more of the forces involved as you land during each step, run stride or jump, eliminating unnecessary stress that your bones and cartilage absorb when otherwise weak muscles are tired.
Strength training improves neuromuscular control
Some of the biggest initial gains in muscle strength after starting a strength training program are actually due to improvements in the communication between the brain and the muscles via nervous impulses. Strength training helps your brain and muscles coordinate their activities so that a greater number of muscle fibers are recruited with an impulse from the brain and they contract in a more coordinated way, resulting in more powerful contractions. This can be translated into general improvements in coordination and muscle control, whether one assumes fine motor skills or large, rough movement patterns.
Strength increases core strength
Especially when performing one-sided exercises, such as a one-armed farmer carrying or a back-lined Bulgarian split squat with a lateral rotation, strength training can improve core strength. Your core muscles, which include the abdominal muscles, obliques, buttocks, hip muscles and lumbar muscles, connect the upper body and lower body muscles and contribute to movement efficiency.
Strength training increases athletic performance, speed, power, efficiency and economy
By increasing strength, power, power generation, coordination, core strength and balance, strength training increases your overall athletic performance, movement efficiency and fitness. Gains in the weight room can lead to faster runs, higher jumps, better swing and punch and additional throws.
Strength training can improve health markers
Studies have shown the ability of strength training programs to improve several health markers. For example, resistance training programs have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve blood sugar control and reduce triglycerides and cholesterol.
Strength training can optimize hormone balance
Strength training can improve your hormone balance by stimulating the production of hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone and inhibiting stress hormones such as cortisol, which, when high, can contribute to weight gain.
Strength training can increase your mood and reduce anxiety
All forms of exercise produce endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that can lift your mood. It is also a great way to relieve stress and anxiety as it has been shown to reduce stress hormone levels.
Strength training can increase your self-confidence
Let’s face it, when you feel good about your body, you walk around with confidence and a little more swagger. As you get stronger, you feel more comfortable with yourself, and it can carry through in all areas of your life, from training to work to relationships.