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Benefit #1: Maintaining muscle tissue
Around the age of 30, the levels of growth hormones decrease dramatically in the body. Due to this process, you could lose around 8-10% of your muscle tissue each decade. Muscles are the basis of your metabolism, so if your muscles decrease by 8-10%, your metabolism will decrease by the same amount.
Strength training twice per week will change that figure to just 1-2% each decade. This means that you’ll ultimately lose less muscle over time whilst helping to maintain a good metabolism.
Benefit #2: Increased strength
Being stronger means that you can lift heavier objects. Shortly after beginning a strength training program, you will find that daily tasks seem much easier. This continues into your personal life on many levels. Lifting a 20 pound weight at the gym before returning home to lift your 20 pound child is sure to be a great workout!
Benefit #3: Improved bone health
Strength training is effective in increasing bone density whilst strengthening tendons and ligaments. Developing strong bones reduces the risk of osteoporosis and decreases the chance of bone fractures.
Benefit #4: Controlled body fat
Building muscle actually helps to burn calories more effectively. Did you know that muscle burns three times the amount of calories that fat burns?! The more muscle tone you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be.
Benefit #5: Decreased risk of injury
Improving muscle strength decreases the risk of falling and other related injuries. Developing strong bones and muscles can help to reduce the severity of falls. Increased strength will also allow your body to become more resistant to injuries, as well as general aches and pains.