When it comes to creating a perfectly balanced fitness regime, weight (or resistance) training is just as important as cardiovascular exercise. While aerobic workouts will help build up your endurance and stamina, weight training also comes with a variety of health benefits too.
1) Strong muscles contribute towards injury prevention.
Strengthening your muscles can help improve your flexibility, as well as increase the body’s ability to withstand stress on a regular basis. After all, you never know when you’ll need to lift a heavy load or two, so keeping to a consistent weight training regime will have you prepared for any situation!
2) Weight training can help prevent the natural loss of muscle mass as you age.
As we grow older, our body’s muscle mass will naturally begin to deteriorate. With this deterioration comes the loss of strength and an increased risk of injury. Staying on top of your weight training will help prevent against the aforementioned effects, and keep you feeling healthy and strong for many years to come.
3) Weight training will reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
One of the major benefits of weight and resistance training is the building up of bone density, which plays an essential role in preventing the onset of osteoporosis as we age.
4) Extra muscle means extra calories burned.
Although the myth that for every pound of muscle gained, an extra 50 calories will be burned is still in essence a myth, that doesn’t change the fact that you will be able to burn more calories during your exercises with a higher muscle mass.