May 03, 2023

Why strength training is so good for you!

It’s hard to believe that when I was younger I used to shy away from strength training, scared that the weights will make me look bulky. Now, I have a completely different mindset towards strength training. I love feeling strong and challenging myself. I can see the improvement in my form and feel the difference when I do a HIIT workout. The benefits of strength training go far beyond skin deep. From your brain to your bones, when you prioritise weight training, your entire body benefits.

To help you better understand what’s really going on BTS, we spoke to our experts from Upwell Health Collective to put the spotlight on five ways strength training can help you feel strong! 

Strengthen your stamina

If the thought of burpees and box jumps gives you the ick, this will be music to your ears – strength training can help improve your cardiovascular fitness. When you complete a series of whole body movements like squats, deadlifts and tricep dips in a circuit with short breaks, you’ll increase your heart rate AKA increase your cardiovascular fitnss. . Increasing your  heart rate this way also helps to increase the amount of red blood cells and therefore oxygen circulating your body – it’s win – win!

Enhancing your physical and cardio fitness can help you power through everyday activities like lifting, pushing and carrying without feeling fatigued – Kic Mummas, take note!

Improve your heart health

Just like your biceps or quads, your heart is a muscle that needs regular exercise to stay healthy and strong. Resistance training can help to lower your resting heart rate, allowing your heart to work more efficiently, which is a healthy sign of cardiovascular fitness.

It’s also a powerful way to lower your blood pressure. When you lift weights, your blood vessels dilate, allowing more blood to flow through them. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks or strokes.

Build strong bones

Resistance training works our bones, just like it works our muscles – it makes them stronger. You might be thinking, “bone health is something future-me can worry about”. We reach peak bone mass between 25 and 30 years of age, and by 40 we start to see a decline in peak bone mass so it’s important to build strong bones when we’re younger, so we can then work to maintain our bone strength when we’re older.

Strengthen your joints

If you’ve ever suffered from the slightest joint pain, you’ll know that having healthy joints is essential for maintaining an active, and most importantly, happy lifestyle.

Knees, hips and shoulders are all vulnerable to injury and disease, such as osteoarthritis, especially as we age. Strength training can help increase the stability and strength of the joints, which can prevent injuries and improve overall function.

Boost your mood

Feeling stressed? We feel you! Strength training can help reduce the feelings of tension and anxiety by decreasing your cortisol levels – the hormone associated with stress. On the flip side, it can increase the production of your body’s natural feel-good chemicals,  endorphins, which can help improve your mood.

Research suggests that strength training can also help improve sleep quality, which is essential for physical and mental well-being and may help reduce fatigue and increase energy levels throughout the day.

Ready to feel strong?

Kic’start 2024 with our Feel Good – Strength Challenge. Join our head trainer, Danny & body confidence coach, Sami, and get ready to step into the New Year with confidence! 

Steph Claire Smith

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Join Steph and Sami for a range of deadlifts, hip thrusts, split squats and more, with our 7 day free trial!