The Benefits of Strength Training Part II

The Benefits of Strength Training Part II

Last week we started the discussion on the benefits of strength training. Part I of this blog covered bone remodeling and the positive effects on potentially life threatening metabolic conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. This week we are diving a little deeper into the subject, strength training can also be super beneficial for inflammation and not only improve your quality of life, but also increase your life expectancy.

Strength can be a potent antidote to inflammation, a major risk factor for heart disease and other conditions. Studies have linked the addition of regular weight training workouts with inflammation-quelling shifts in the body. Compared to those who only partake in basic cardio exercising. Studies have shown that cytokines, a type of immune system protein, which helps strengthen the immune system as well as mediate and regulate inflammation through the body, has been found to be more prevalent in those who regularly strength train, compared to those who do not. With that, a study from the Mayo Clinic found that when overweight women did twice-weekly resistance training sessions, they had significant drops in several markers of inflammation, as well as improved focus and cognitive function, better balance, less anxiety and greater overall mental and physical well-being.

Some of the latest and most surprising research is in the realm of lifting very small weights. Common thought, when it comes to weight lifting is that, the heavier weight the bigger and stronger you become. Usually a major deterrent to those considering weight training. The thought of starting at light weight, and having to climb the almost insurmountable mountain of dumbbells and plates to reach a “respectable” weight, has kept many from even trying. New studies have shown that lifting light weight to almost failure, or until your muscles are near the point of giving out, is the real key. Regardless of how much weight you’re using. 

If all the above isn’t enough to convince you to make the addition of weights to your training regiment, perhaps this is. Multiple studies have shown that maintaining strength later in life has become one of the best predictors of survival, and life expectancy. What was once thought to be only for athletes or those chasing perennial “gains”, has become common practice from youth centers to retirement communities.

If you are unsure of your current strength regime feel free to go online and schedule a free class with us, or call us today at (615)297-4430 to talk to one of our certified personal trainers. We have trainers with experience from ex-NFL players to bodybuilders, and everything in between we have trainers that can help you meet all your fitness goals.



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