How Many Benefits To Strength Training Are There?
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In the midst of preparing for the upcoming National Exercise Coach Conference, Brian and Amy play a game of trying to name as many benefits of strength as they possibly can without repeating themselves. As you would expect of something as important to your long-term health and performance as strength training, the ensuing list is ridiculously long and comprehensive.
- With the National Exercise Coach Conference approaching rapidly, Amy came up with a game to play on the podcast while Brian is busy getting preparations underway. The rules are simple: Take turns naming a specific benefit of strength training until someone gets stumped.
- The first batch of short and long-term benefits to strength training include:
- increased bone density,
- improved metabolism,
- decreased gastrointestinal transit time,
- decreased systemic inflammation,
- enhanced flexibility,
- improved cognition and brain function,
- increased level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor,
- lower blood pressure,
- increased longevity,
- and decreased disease risk.
- Diseases that have a reduced risk are:
- Alzheimer’s and dementia,
- type 2 diabetes,
- coronary artery disease,
- and autoimmune diseases.
- Further benefits of strength training include:
- increased vertical jump,
- an easier time getting off the floor and going up the stairs,
- increased sarcomerogenesis,
- increased energy,
- mitochondrial biogenesis,
- decreased joint pain,
- improved body image and self-confidence,
- improved spinal ability,
- improved cardiovascular health and function,
- enhanced joint mobility,
- it helps facilitate and maintain fat loss,
- it reduces serum insulin levels and improves insulin sensitivity,
- improved postprandial blood sugar,
- anti-aging effects,
- improved circulation,
- improved muscle density,
- the release of healthy muscle derived hormones,
- a lower resting heart rate,
- greater endurance,
- improved mood,
- better sleep,
- increased HDL,
- reversing sarcopenia,
- overall improvements in general performance in all areas of life.
- This gigantic list of health benefits is the reason there is the quote: “If there was a pill that contained all the benefits of exercise it would be the most widely prescribed pill in the world.”
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