Strength training is seen in many realms – oftentimes as a way to improve your physique or lose weight.  But the benefits of strength training go far beyond that of appearance.  Strength training has been shown to have far reaching benefits, from improving cardiorespiratory fitness to improving sleep, and everything in between.  Here are a few reasons to find some hand weights (or weighted objects) and start lifting them several times per week!

  • Improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness: We know that aerobic exercise is great for our heart, but lifting weights at a high intensity can also have excellent benefits for our heart and lungs by improving our maximum oxygen uptake.
  • Improvements in bone density: Not only does strength training decrease the rate at which we lose bone density as we age, but there are studies that show strength training may actually help our bodies build new bone.
  • Chronic disease management: Resistance training can be helpful in managing blood pressure levels, blood sugar, weight, and heart/lung function.  Ensuring that all of these functions are properly managed can help keep your body healthy even if you live with a chronic disease such as hypertension or diabetes.
  • Reduced injury risk: Being strong and prepared for life’s demands helps prevent falls, strains, and overuse injuries.
  • Improved mood: Strength training elevates the amount of endorphins (your body’s ‘happy chemicals’ and natural pain medication) circulating in your body, leaving you feeling better and more happy!
  • Improved sleep: Strength training has been shown to improve the quality and quantity of nightly sleep; and getting adequate restful sleep has been shown to be extremely beneficial for all aspects of our health.

Overall, strength training has many amazing benefits and deserves to be a part of your current exercise routine.  To learn more, please visit our website at:  www.PDRclinics.com.  You can ask the PDR therapists for tips on getting started!