Weight training is good for you—even more than you knew.
Gone are the days when weight training (strength/resistance training) was seen as an odd, testosterone-filled activity for Eastern bloc weightlifters and narcissistic bodybuilders. Weight training has long since become mainstream as an important addition to the workout program for countless individuals.
People now understand that while cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise is a great way to burn fat, adding a little strength training to their workout earns extra calories every day. This means burning extra calories even while sleeping or sitting on the couch. In fact, for every additional pound of muscle gained, the body burns around fifty extra calories every day of the week.
For every additional pound of muscle gained, the body burns around fifty extra calories every day of the week.
But burning a few extra calories a week is not the only reason to weight train. The benefits derived from weight training are diverse and numerous, and I even surprised myself when I jotted them all down. Backed up with a tremendous volume of scientific literature, weight training should be an integral part of everyone’s workout routine. Here are the benefits:
With so many benefits, no one should pass up the opportunity to incorporate weight training into their exercise routine. However, before jumping into a weight training program, there are a few important points to remember. First, consult a health-care professional before beginning weight training. Certainly, most doctors will tell you to use caution and listen to the trainers, but no doctor will eliminate exercise altogether for their patients—there are simply too many benefits from the exertion. However, it is prudent to make sure there are no impediments to beginning a new training routine. Second, there are many amazing personal trainers out there. Seek out a professional to help you put together a program that’s right for you. And third, a little effort will reap big benefits. Enjoy the new training approach and don’t overdo it. Muscles grow and adapt while resting, so leaving a day or two between sessions is the best approach.
Feel healthier, look better, and enjoy the benefits that will last a lifetime.
About the Author
Dr. Gregory Uchacz, clinic director of Chiropractic Performance and Sports Therapy Centre in downtown Calgary, is a chiropractic sports specialist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and president of the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada).