What is resistance training ?
Resistance training or strength training, is category of physical workout who is specialized to make muscular contraction, which increase our strength, power and size of our muscles.
Resistance training is anaerobic activity.
It can be used as aerobic exercise through circuit training.
Resistance training is when you are progressively adding weights to your exercises increasing the force of the muscle.
The most used equipment for this type training are :
During the training session muscle fibres are break down and in the next 24 to 72 hours, depends of the muscle group, they grow again, but much stronger. That’s why rest days are so important for weight training.
This type of training has various benefits, but this are most noteworthy to mention :
Improved general health
Strength training, can fewer your risk of cardiovascular or metabolic disease.
Also, lower high blood pressure and lower risk of breast cancer.
Another good thing with this type of training is that can reduce stress and anxiety.
Recent studies show that overweight people with bigger strength fitness had similar risk profiles to normal weight people compared with overweight unfit people.
Stronger muscles also provide better stability and balance, improving the support to your joints and also reducing the risk of contusion or trauma from your everyday activities.
Other general health benefits due to resistance training are :
- Heart rate decreases
- Cholesterol decreases
- Increased endorphins
- Body fat percentage decreases
- Lean tissue percentage increases
- Lung function increases
- Less stress
- Control of depression
- Better sleep
- Improve your intellectual productivity
- Increase your energy
- Improve your digestion and metabolic function
Stronger bones health
Another benefit of resistance training is that you can improve your bone strength, build your bone mass and also decreases risk of osteoporosis.
As a result of improving your bone density, you can reduce your back or knee pain.
Increased muscle power and strength
Probably the most notable effects of resistance training is that you can increase your muscle mass and reduce risk of sarcopenia.
Sarcopenia is a condition that affects to us to lose lean muscle mass when we are in elderly age.
We all know that everybody wants to have lean, tone and fit body shape.
Most of all, resistance training help you to burn more calories and lose body fat and also get your muscles firmed and sculpted and look more attractive.