Strength Training

By: Kristen Summers and Krista Arnold

Resistance training, weight training, strength training, whatever you call it, there’s been a big movement towards it over the last several years, and for good reason.

While we spent decades thinking cardio was king and strength training was only for professional body builders, we now recognize the tremendous benefits of building muscle doesn’t have to mean bulking up.

If you think working out means miles on the treadmill or working out until you can barely catch your breath, it’s time to mix up your routine. Here are some of the non-Arnold Schwarzenegger benefits to strength training.

· Improved strength and increased muscle tone – not only does it keep your body looking fit, it protects your joints from injury.

· Increased bone density, which decreases your risk of osteoporosis, improved posture and better protection for your internal organs.

· Increased fat burning – that’s right, as you build muscle, your body burns more fat when it’s resting, and since our body spends the majority of our day in a state of rest, this provides a huge added benefit – like working out when you’re not working out – who can’t get on board with that?!