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Learn to Love Strength Training

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8. Strength training lowers your blood pressure.
The University of Arizona study (see reason 4, above) also showed resting blood pressure (RBP) levels were impacted by strength training. Strength training participants shifted from the high-normal RBP category to normal RBP levels. Regular exercise, including strength training, strengthens the heart, allowing it to pump more blood with less effort. The less your heart has to work, the less force (or pressure) is exerted on your arteries.

9. Strength training helps you age more gracefully.
As you age, muscle mass decreases (if you're not working to preserve it), which can cause skin to sag in not-so-pretty ways. By strength training, you can fight age-related muscle loss and maintain a more youthful physique.

10. Strength training improves your quality of life.
Building muscle allows you to get more out of life. Everyday activities, such as lifting children (or grandchildren), carrying groceries, and working in the yard are much easier when you’re not struggling with the effort. Being in shape also makes you more confident, helps you stand taller and makes you feel great about yourself. And what’s better than that?
     
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Member Comments

  • These are all interesting reasons and apply to our family in various ways. For me, I especially seem to get soar shoulders as I get a little "older" and strength training helps keep me in better shape and using them better. - 4/14/2016 2:08:44 PM
  • I really liked the 10 reason to keep going. - 3/13/2016 1:49:01 PM
  • When I first returned to SP I did a challenge that had me strength training 6 days a week alternating between different parts of my body. Since then I have done total body strength exercises 3 times a week - it is just part of my routine and I do see the benefits. I do alternate between weights and resistance bands which are also effective from what I have read. Certainly I feel more fit. I probably should ramp up my ST reps more though to continue to see the benefits. A good article and reminder of why strength training is important, especially to those of us who are older. - 3/13/2016 12:09:46 PM
  • EX-SKINNY60
    Surgery 6 weeks old so back to Leslie Sansome and my 1 1/2 lb gloved weights. Glad to have gotten this wake-up call this morning! - 3/9/2016 11:03:36 AM
  • Right now strength training is my weakest area. Thanks for the motivating article. There are lots of ST here on SparkPeople, no excuses. - 3/9/2016 8:29:14 AM
  • Out of sight, out of mind. When I finally put my set of dumbbells in the living room, right in my line of sight by the TV, I was able to stick to my 3 times per week routine, gradually building up the amount of weight lifted and the length of the workout session. - 3/9/2016 6:23:23 AM
  • I strength train every other day. Sometimes I use a stretchie band, sometimes I use weights. What ever I feel like using. I'm aging. . It's important to strengthen the muscles at any age. - 2/23/2016 8:54:22 AM
  • While reading this article, I was using an exercise band for upper body strengthening ;-). Who says you have to 'just sit' at the computer screen?? ;-) THANKS for the fine reminders of the value of strength training, especially as we 'age wisely'-- this 64 year old is making a new resolution on weight training ;-). - 12/19/2015 7:58:30 PM
  • BUDBUDDHA
    This is an excellent article with some information which I didn't previously know. I am limited to what I can do, but at least I should be able to do some exercises. - 9/12/2015 7:29:44 PM
  • still don't like it! geeze. I have to make myself do it. I hate weighs. Rather use stretchy bands - 9/12/2015 5:48:24 PM
  • Yessss, I just started strength training again a couple weeks ago, and I always love how it gives my body such stability with every thing I do. Spark on sparkers! ):) - 8/18/2015 4:03:22 PM
  • I'm very lax at strength training and I know I need it. Just a note, though. Not everyone can lift more than 5 pounds because of physical limitations and medical problems. To say all women should be lifting 15-20 pounds is wrong. I know that right now I can use no more than 5 pounds, but by starting, I'll be doing something. - 8/16/2015 4:54:01 PM
  • What a great article, I learned so much. Since adding multiple days of strength training each week, my body is leaner and I do sleep better. I am a fan of body weight moves, various resistance bands, and lighter dumb bells...up to ten pounds, annnnnd I love that I can do all of this at home! - 8/16/2015 7:38:13 AM
  • Learning to love strength training is a great help indeed! - 8/15/2015 4:37:29 PM
  • I just started in a gym. I am still learning when enough is enough. I go, then next suffer for 2-3 days with soreness. I seem to get into a state of mind that I get lost. Similar to a runners high.Strange. Right now I have a love-hate relationship with the whole thing. LOL! - 8/15/2015 9:53:44 AM

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