Starting strength training

Starting a strength-training routine can be highly beneficial to your health and well-being. Not only can it make you physically stronger, but strength training improves metabolism, protects you from injury, and makes it easier to control blood sugar. Here are a few of the best reasons you should start strength training.

1. More Lean Body Mass

Strength training increases muscle strength by making them work against a force. It might be weights, bands, a machine, or your body weight. The outcome is more lean body mass — muscle tissue — and a faster metabolism. Maintaining muscle mass becomes even more important as we get older.

2. Better Mobility

Not only is strength training an effective way to get stronger, but it can also improve your mobility, balance, and range of motion. Exercising your joints and training them through a full range of motion delivers blood and oxygen that supports tendons and connective tissue, so you move easier and are less susceptible to injury.

3. Stronger Bones

When you start strength training, your muscles are not the only thing that will get stronger. Your bones and overall skeletal health will get denser and stronger, too. This is important at every age, but especially as we get older and lose bone density, and the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures increases.

4. Improved Quality of Life

Want to upgrade your overall quality of life? You guessed it — strength training. You will be stronger, more able to do daily tasks, less prone to falls or injuries, and all sorts of other physical benefits. And it does not stop there. Strength training supports various aspects of mental health, including mood, focus, and cognitive function.

Strength-Training Programs at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex

These are just a few of the many benefits of strength training. If you would like to get started and experience them for yourself, come and join us at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex. We have plenty of activities and a team of coaches and trainers who want you to succeed. Contact us for more information and class availability.