Including strength training in your fitness routine to build muscle is a key factor in health and weight loss, especially as you age.
Maybe you don’t want to compete in a bodybuilding competition, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be trying to build muscle. Lean muscle is an incredibly important factor for your body, especially as you age. In fact, by the time you reach age 30 your body starts to lose lean muscle mass. That means it’s even more important to do everything you can to gain muscle and prevent muscle loss with each year that passes. Plus, muscle mass plays a pretty big role in weight loss too.
So just why is building muscle so important for both healthy aging and weight loss? Well, here are three reasons why you should think about making strength training an integral part of your fitness routine:
Builds Bone Strength: Muscle mass strengthens connective tissue which in turn strengthens bones. Since bones have a tendency to become more fragile as we age and we lose muscle mass the older we get, it’s important to actively build muscle to prevent injury and keep the body strong. Even if you’re not at an age where muscle or bone loss is an issue, the more muscle you have the less likely you are to injure yourself both in everyday activities and in athletic activities.
Increases Metabolic Rate: More muscle means higher resting metabolic rate, which means you burn more calories, even when you’re not doing anything. Plus, the more lean muscle mass you have, the more calories you’ll burn after a workout too. When combined with healthy eating and a little cardio, a good strength training program can lead to serious weight loss.
Lasting Weight Loss: Since you increase the amount of calories your body burns when you build more muscle, focusing on strength training for weight loss means that you are more likely to keep the weight off since you are increasing your body’s metabolism and it’s ability to burn calories both when resting and being active.
Whether you use machines, free weights or do body-weight exercises include strength training in your workout routine at least three days a week. Don’t forget that your body will adapt to the exercises you’re doing and eventually hit a plateau, so don’t forget to change your routine up and increase your resistance if things are starting to get to easy!
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About Samantha Diane:
Samantha Diane is a certified personal trainer and health and wellness coach who aims to help people live healthier, happier lives through coaching, training and writing. She creates both in person and online fitness, motivation and accountability programs that help people become the best version of themselves.