Far too often when we start our journey to a healthier life, our initial thoughts are that we can benefit more from cardio than from strength training. We turn to the common myths of “muscle turns to fat,” “lifting makes us bulk up,” and “muscle makes us gain weight.” What I’ve learned in the last 8 years since my decision to live a healthier life is that these are all myths. I know, it’s hard to believe, but once you do and trust in what your trainers, instructors and even what articles tell you and you give it a shot….you’ll see for yourself what benefits come from strength and interval training.
Whether you are looking to improve your health, your performance, or your weight, incorporating weights into your daily workout will reap benefits. Strength contributes to the overall efficiency of the human body. Over time, without strength training, our bodies will naturally begin to lose lean muscle mass and strength which results in a less efficient metabolism.
Below is a list of just some of the benefits of strength and high intensity interval training…
- Increased lean muscle mass which controls and increases our metabolism.
- Decreased body fat
- Increased energy
- Improved Mood and Confidence through increased chemical levels in those chemical that can help to counter feelings of depression
- Healthy bones
- Improves posture
- Muscles are stronger reducing the risk of injury
- Increased sports performance
- More efficient recovery from injury
- Improved balance
Again, these are just some of the many great benefits of incorporating strength into your workout. Why not give it a try?