Why should everyone be doing resistance training?

Before I get into it let me first explain what I mean by resistance training. The easiest way to describe it is as any form of exercise that is going to use some form of resistance. This can range from movements like push ups, squats or sit ups (where your bodyweight is the resistance) to other movements where you’ll use implements like barbells, dumbbells or resistance bands as an external form of resistance.

If you’re following my page/blog there’s a high likelihood that you’ve already got some idea of the benefits of resistance training. Maybe you’ve read some other articles on it, or watched some YouTube videos or maybe you’ve even spoken to a lot of people about it. But, to be honest, most of the information out there can become a bit over complicated. Especially if you’re not sure how to weed out the bullshit. And if you’re genuinely looking for answers and help regarding training, this swamp of contrived information can become overwhelming. With that in mind I’m going to try and keep this as simple as possible. All I ask of you, the reader, is to really have a think of how these points affect your life currently and how they will effect your life as you get older.

  1. It helps build muscle

EVERYONE SHOULD BE TRYING TO BUILD MUSCLE.

Read that again.

EVERYONE SHOULD BE TRYING TO BUILD MUSCLE.

By this I’m not referring to the bodybuilder-esque/arms like overfilled balloons type of muscle. What I mean is that just about everyone should be looking to lose a bit of body fat and gain a bit of lean muscle. And guess what the best way to do this is? Yip, it’s resistance training. You’re not going to get “toned” or lose your paunch by just sitting on the treadmill. Watching what you eat and building some lean muscle is what you need and resistance training is the best way to do it.

2. You’ll become more capable

The stronger you are, the more you are able to do. It’s that simple.

There’s a heavy box that you need help picking up? Get stronger and you can do it on your own.

There are too many grocery bags so you need to ask someone to help? Get stronger and you can do it on your own.

These examples may sound trivial but you can go on and on. The ability to do more can literally open up your life to more opportunities and more experiences and resistance training and getting stronger can help you do more.

3. One day it could save your life

How’s that for a scare-mongering title?

Having stronger muscles surrounding bones and joints will mean the force needed to damage those areas will be greater.

People fall all the time and just like that you can land up in sling or on crutches. Having a bit of strength and a bit of muscle can limit the damage done. And as you get older, this becomes a lot more important. A fall once you reach your 60s+ can be pretty catastrophic but if you have strong muscles you’ll be more likely to come through it.

Some of you reading this may be thinking, “I walk/cycle/surf/do jiu jitsu. I’ll be fine,” but that’s not the kind of muscle I’m talking about. The type of muscle I’m talking about can only be acquired through resistance training.

If you’re interested in started some form of resistance training (whatever level you’re at) or just want some more information, drop me a message.

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