When you think about exercising…The goal of being strong and lifting weights might not come to mind immediately.
Instead we’ve been programmed to think yoga, jogging or swimming laps.
Lifting two heavy dumbbells over your head seems daunting, scary and unachievable.
We tend to stick with the familiar, the comfortable and easy, however it might not be the best use of your time.
Strength training is the key ingredient for your vitality, well being and will give you a list of benefits unparalleled to just cardio exercises alone.
Forget your preconceived notions of bodybuilders lifting weights for hours at a sweaty gym…it does not have to be like that at all. Resistance training can take as little as 20 minutes and you don’t need any equipment, just your own bodyweight!
So why is strength training superior to steady state cardio exercises (think spinning classes, treadmills and zumba)?
- Build lean muscle mass while losing body fat
- Decrease your risk of osteoporosis
- Boosts immune system
- Reduce stress
- Reduce risk of injury, back pain and arthritis
- Reduce risk of heart disease
- Reduce risk of diabetes
- Releases endorphins which may decrease depression
With all that good stuff, how can we resist?
Let’s strive to get the biggest bang out of our workout sessions and reap the rewards!