1) Resistance Training Helps Improve Body CompositionResistance training acts as a stressor to your body encouraging lean muscle growth. As you know, an increase in lean muscle mass means an increase in strength. But, what you might not know is that those with a higher lean muscle mass percentage also burn more fat in their workouts and throughout the day to feed these muscles. Resistance training also improves bone density and the connective tissues, which is extremely important for reducing the risk of injury – especially for those of us getting on in age. Now, just to clarify: No, lifting weights two or three times per week will not make you bulky. Supplementing with nefarious substances while lifting weights, on the other hand, well, that’s a different story.
2) Prevents the Development of Many IllnessesAs we mentioned earlier, lean muscle mass results in a lower body fat percentage. Minimizing body fat is critical as excess body fat – especially the visceral fat within the abdominal cavity – has been linked with an increased risk of:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart Attack
- And much, much more!