Most people avoid strength training in fear of not perfecting the technique, bulking up, or letting past/present injuries get in the way. I must admit, at first I was skeptical until I was properly educated. Lifting weights has many benefits such as weight control, prevention against Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. It also contributes to positives effects on mental health. By developing stronger muscles, falls can be prevented in the elderly and it allows people to stay independent and mobile for longer.

 

Studies have shown that weight training leads to better bone and joint strength than aerobic training.  While the treadmill may provide more calories burned in a smaller amount of time, weight lifting raises the body’s metabolic rate, meaning that calories are burned long after you leave the gym. Between only 9 and 19% of adults are meeting the recommended twice per week muscle strengthening activities. Let’s help raise that statistic and get in the gym this fall. Who knows, it may be a new favorite approach to moving in a way that you enjoy! 

 

Kayla Lazzara

FitLivin FireStarter & BioMechanics Expert