Have you ever worried that weight training is going to "bulk you up" or that it's only for dudes at the gym?
Well...worry no more. Weight training with low resistance will not bulk you up and is recommended for everyone. In fact, researcher's New York City’s Lehman College have found weight and resistance training to be the most important form of exercise for overall health and wellness.
Resistance training counteracts bone loss and postural deficits through a process known as bone remodeling. Strength training stimulates the development of bone osteoblasts: cells that build bones back up.
One study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that twice-weekly training sessions helped control insulin swings (and body weight) among older men with type-2 diabetes.
Strength training is also a potent antidote to inflammation, a major risk factor for heart disease and other conditions. A 2010 study from the University of Connecticut linked regular resistance training with inflammation-quelling shifts in the body’s levels of cytokines, a type of immune system protein.
Other research has linked strength training to improved focus and cognitive function, better balance, less anxiety and greater well-being. Anyone who exercises knows this!
And if these benefits aren't convincing enough, maybe this is:
Maintaining strength later in life “seems to be one of the best predictors of survival. When we add strength...almost every health outcome improves," says Mark Peterson, an assistant professor of physical medicine at the University of Michigan.
So, take a break from the treadmill and start weight training at All Wellness Physical Therapy & Pilates. We offer low impact training on the Pilates Reformer and more advanced classes such as mat Pilates (that utilizes your body weight for resistance) and weight training with the Da Vinci BodyBoard and resistance band system.
Sign up for 2 weeks of unlimited classes today!