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The benefits of strength training

Blog | Justin Shaw, Sports Development Coordinator

Strength is very important for many areas of our lives, not just for in the gym. Strength training can have a great impact on many areas of your life. It is useful for more than just getting all the groceries to the kitchen in one go.

Here are 5 ways strength training can help you.

Lower your risk of falls and Injuries

The physical adaptation associated with strength training can reduce our risk of injury in everyday life. Strength training helps maintain muscle mass, and also improves bone density. This means our body is better equipped to handle the strain of moving about throughout the day. It can also increase your locomotion skills and balance, which can help lower your fall risk later in life.

Improved Heart Health

The high intensity nature of strength training can improve your heart health and blood flow throughout the body. Strength training increases your lean muscle mass which means that it gives your cardiovascular system places to send the blood being pumped. This results in less pressure on your arteries, which helps reduce the chances of heart-related problems.

Improved metabolism

High intensity exercise and resistance training improves your metabolism and helps manage the sugar in your blood. Resistance exercise is often recommended for diabetics to help manage their blood sugar levels.

Brain Health

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of neuro-deterioration later in life is exercise. Strength training has been proven to improve longevity of brain function and reduce your risk of developing cognitive disorders.

Fights depression and anxiety

The dopamine and serotonin we secrete during exercise is excellent for mood control. One of the most effective treatments for mood disorders is exercise and it is often the first treatment recommended for depression.

If you’re looking to incorporate strength training into your exercise regime, come and speak to one of our friendly staff members in the gym. We’re happy to assist you in reaching your exercise goals!

Looking for that extra bit of motivation?

We have a range of weekly group fitness classes on offer, check out our classes here. Or to learn more about fitness and wellbeing and connect with like-minded people, visit the Wellness Hub.