There is actually a long list of why you should include strength training in your program.
Increases your physical work capacity and improves your ability to perform activities of daily living. You will be able to work harder and longer with the proper weight training activities.
Improves bone density. One of the best ways you can control bone loss as you age is to add strength training into your workout plan.
Promotes fat-free body mass by decreasing sarcopenia. The lean muscle mass that we all work so hard for decreases with age. If we don’t add strength training to our routine then it will turn into fat.
Increases the strength of connective tissue, muscles, and tendons. This leads to improved motor performance and decreased injury risk.
Improves your quality of life. Strength training helps you gain body confidence not only by making you strong but also by helping you manage your weight.
Revs up your metabolism. Weight training increases type II muscle fibers, the kind you build when you lift weights, which improve whole-body metabolism.
Promotes better heart health. Strength training improves blood flow through resistance exercise.
Improves blood sugar control. Strength training increases the growth of white muscle, which aids in lowering blood glucose because it uses glucose for energy.
Ups the IQ. Researchers found that resistance training resulted in beneficial cognitive functioning in older adults.
Fights the blues. Research suggests resistance training can release feel-good endorphins to help keep anxiety at bay, and may even help fight depression.
Boosts self-esteem. Lifting can help improve a person’s perceived body image.
Cuts down your cancer risk. Resistance training three times a week for six months led to reduced oxidative stress, which can lessen our cancer risk (So get lifting and fuel up with antioxidants to double-team disease.
Leads to better sleep. Weight lifting in particular can lead to a better night’s sleep. Exercise triggers an increase in body temperature, and the post-exercise drop in temperature may promote falling asleep. Exercise may also reduce insomnia by decreasing arousal, anxiety and depressive symptoms.