Not only will strength training leave you feeling good, it does a whole lot on the inside as well - it lowers the risk of heart disease and diabetes, strengthens bones, increases muscle mass and even improves brain health. Additionally, it is muscle mass that helps you maintain a healthy weight as you age, as muscles help to burn more calories by increasing your metabolic rate.
The main types of strength training include:
Muscle strengthening adaptations occur broadly via two mechanisms:
In the early weeks of resistance training an increase in strength is seen mainly due to these neurological adaptations before any improvements in muscle size. In the first 2-3 weeks of training you will see an initial increase in strength. You will become better able to overcome more resistance which in turn results in greater muscle mass improvements. Whilst strength improvements occur relatively early, increase in muscle mass usually occurs around the 6 week mark.
One of the most rewarding things about strength training is how quickly you will notice results.
Make sure you are consistent by keeping a record or schedule and staying accountable so that you maintain your results and take your newfound strength into older age - that is where it is really going to mean a world of difference.
It is encouraged that you seek guidance if you are starting strength training for the first time or after a break from training, injury or pregnancy. There are modifications that can be made to most exercises to enable you, from whatever ability you are starting from, to achieve great results. If you are looking to join a gym make sure it is a gym with trainers that will support and encourage you to safely reach your goals.
Although it might seem hard at first, rest assured it will come to feel great as strength training strengthens your mind as well as your body. Not only will you feel stronger and more capable in your body but it will leave you less anxious, in a better state of mind - and ready for whatever challenge is next!
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