Strength Training - The Power To Succeed
You can improve your strength by increasing the weight and dropping the number of reps you do. Strength training has many other health benefits, including increases bone density, builds a stronger heart, reduces your resting blood pressure, improves blood flow, halts muscle loss and helps control blood sugar…
These fun facts show more benefits of strength training:
- 60% of people who weight train get an average of 7 hours or more of sleep per night.
- Add strength training to your cardio to speed up fat loss. Cardio alone can actually burn muscle tissue, and you need muscle tissue to burn fat even while you're resting.
- By adding only 2 weight training sessions a week can actually reduce body fat by 7%.
- Some of your busiest muscles are those controlling eye movements.
- People who cross-train with a variety of other exercises are more fit and less injury-prone than those who exercise using only one or two pieces of exercise equipment.
- By the time you reach 65 years old, inactive people will lose as much as 80% of their muscle mass. Weight training can help stop, prevent and reverse muscle loss. By the age of 80, inactive individuals will lose about 50% of their muscle mass.
- When you weight train, you boost your metabolism which means that you burn more calories when your body is resting.
- Weight training lowers your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Muscles are divided into three types: smooth, cardiac, and skeletal.
- Your body contains more than 600 muscles, and 206 skeletal bones.
- The smallest muscles in the body are in your inner ear, but they work hard both in and out of the gym!
- How much an individual can lift is influenced by at least seven factors: strength-training program intensity, predominant muscle fibre type, hormonal levels, body proportions, tendon insertion points, muscle-tendon ratios and neurological efficiency.
- Two types of muscle soreness exist — acute and delayed.
- Recent research suggests that sound strength training can have a positive effect on cardiac rehab patients.