Lifting For Longevity
Leading a healthy life can be approached in many ways – physical, mental, spiritual to name a few aspects. One approach to a healthy lifestyle is resistance training. Resistance training is an all-encompassing name for different types of training such as weightlifting, powerlifting, cross-fitting,body building, strength trainingand conditioning. Depending on your needs, there are excessive physical and mental health benefits when resistance training is done properly and responsibly.
Everyone knows there are physical changes to the body when resistance training such as muscle development for greater muscle-to-fat ratio, gains in strength and stamina for leisure or labor, and improvement of one’s body image with consistent training. But seeing beyond those general changes are other very important physical benefits the body adapts to over time. As simple as it is, the muscle growth and strength gains can lead to greater body awareness when developing mind muscle connections. Training will develop healthy movement patterns for everyday tasks. This is accompanied with greater balance, mobility, and posture resulting in decreased risks of injury. Moreover, resistance training plays an important role in increasing bone mineral density (check out our blog post How To Boost Your Bone Mineral Density!).
Getting deeper into the benefits of resistance training, prevention and control of several health conditions are also part of why resistance training is great for longevity. Some health conditions that resistance training impacts are: pain management, obesity, depression, chronic back pain, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. The physical adaptations of resistance training taps into our body’s normal functions to improve how we live every single day. These physical changes slowly but surely have an influence on our mental health. From seeing results and noticing amazing changes over time, our self-esteem increases and boosts our sense of wellbeing.