Why is weight training / exercise so important?
There is no better way to shape and tone the body than resistance exercise, but also consider the following additional health benefits. The key to keeping fat stores low is to keep our metabolism high: Muscle is active tissue and requires many calories just for tissue maintenance, so the more muscle we have the higher will be our resting metabolism and the more calories we’ll burn 24 hours a day, even when sitting doing nothing. To run itself efficiently and stop calories being used unnecessarily the body will get rid of muscle if not used. (Ever noticed the muscle wastage in the leg off a person who has broken it or had a knee operation?) To stop and even reverse muscle loss we need to do some resistance training, and it only need be a couple of times a week. Use it or lose it. Some people are afraid of getting too big from muscle, but the reality is 1 kilogram of muscle is denser and therefore smaller in size than 1 kilogram of fat, so putting on 1 kg of muscle with a loss of 1 kg of fat will actually decrease size, and give shape and tone. Maximizing calorie burn during and after exercise.
Exercise offers what is called post exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), which describes the increase in metabolism after a workout over and above your resting metabolic rate. Resistance exercise will increase your post workout metabolic rate higher and for longer than any other form of exercise. Have a more functional Body. Free weights (Barbells, Dumbbells and cables machines) are more beneficial than fixed machines because of the extra muscles used, especially the core, to stabilise the weight and the body, causing more calories to be burnt as well as better joint and muscle function. Free weight training mirrors more closely day to day physical activities. Lower biological age: A key indicator for measuring biological age is muscle mass. The less muscle we have the frailer we are and the older biologically we are. Increase bone density: Our body won’t deposit the necessary nutrients in our bones to make them strong unless it has a reason, and that is putting a load on our muscular skeletal system with resistance training. Slow ageing: Human growth hormone slows the ageing process; the body reduces its production significantly of this hormone when we stop growing. Resistance training stimulates the body to increase its production, slowing the ageing process. Strengthen arteries and improve circulation: Artery walls become stronger to cope with the increased blood flow to the muscles caused by weight training. Improve posture, quality of life and prevent injuries: Resistance exercise leads to an improved posture resulting in less aches and pains because of better muscular skeletal alignment. A stronger body increases balance and stability and makes it easier to cope with everything in life that requires physical activity. Improve mood and brain function: Exercise / weight training balances the chemicals in our brains improving our mood, stress coping abilities and reduces levels of depression much more efficiently than medication. It also stimulates the production of new brain cells, boosts memory and improves cognitive abilities helping performance at work and school. Studies have shown that it also reduces the risk of developing brain diseases such as dementia. Reduce the risk of developing many serious diseases: Stress toxins and chemicals that build up in the body from modern living are expelled by exercise, reducing the chance of developing illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and many forms of cancers, just to name a few. More Benefits: Keep hormones that maintain libido at optimum levels.
Improve self-confidence.
Promotes a deeper and more restful sleep.
Boost the immune system.
Increase energy levels.