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Benefits of Resistance Training: The Basics

Nov 3, 2015 | Exercise & Fitness, General Health, The Best of Your Life

I must say I am very happy at the responses I’ve been receiving in my inbox since I started the series “Make The Rest of Your Life – The Best of Your Life” on The Bum Gun Blog. I kinda new this series was going to be popular, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many emails I’ve been receiving asking for more information. So with this call for more in mind, here is your next instalment. And I hope you enjoy this article as much as the others.
Do you want to have a stronger and more beautiful body? Then the best thing to do is get on your feet and start doing the resistance training.

What Is Resistance Training?

Resistance training involves activities that use weights, machines and even body weight to work out the muscles properly. It is also known as strength training or weight training. This can be very helpful in achieving your healthier body.

Resistance training is usually associated with anyone who wants to build up their bodies. Most people would think that when resistance training is done, the body will grow bigger. Actually it doesn’t have to. Resistance training is often just about increasing the strength of the body, not its size.

Actually, this can be practiced by anyone. It basically builds and tones your muscles to give your body a better look. This training program is even very much advisable to older people. The usual training programs undergone by the older people are standing free-weights resistance or the moderate-intensity seated machine training.

How Does Resistance Training Work?

A resistance training program will include the use of various exercise equipment and machines like the bench press, dumbbells or barbells. When the equipment is used, the muscles of the body will be pitted against the weight. The cells of the body will then adapt to the extra weight. This will then result to hypertrophy or the enlarging and increasing of the nerve cells to help in the muscle contraction.

Before doing any resistance training, it will be best to consult first with your doctor of course. This goes especially for people who have medical conditions or are overweight. This kind of training is not something that you can explore on your own. You have to know the proper equipment for the needs of your body. The body must also be conditioned first before taking on the weights.

Resistance training can also be done without resorting to using equipment as I discussed in earlier posts. Doing push-ups is one good example. You can do press-ups just about anywhere where there is enough space for you to move. This time it is your own body weight that will be pitted against the muscles. So those who are a bit constrained with your budget can still do resistance training.

What Benefits Can You Expect From Resistance Training?

1. Increase Bone Mineral Density

Bones are constantly remodelling, meaning the tissues break down at the same time they build up. The peak of remodelling takes place during puberty. However, as a person ages, there may be problems with the bone mineral density as the remodelling may not be as active anymore. This is especially a problem to post-menopausal women.

Bone mineral density is usually supported by the hormones. To address the problem of not having the hormones to maintain the bone mineral density, physical activity is one of the best options. Resistance training can definitely address this.

2. Increase Your Strength Today

Strong bones and strong muscles will be developed as you undergo the resistance training program. Being stronger has numerous benefits in your daily life, from making lifting shopping easier, to moving your bed when you are vacuuming the house.

3. Increase Your Range of Activities

When your body is strong enough to carry some considerable weight, then definitely you will also be capable of doing more strenuous activities. You are less likely to be lazy and you can live a more active lifestyle which in turn will increase your happiness and quality of life.

4. Reduce Your Body Fat

Pitting the weights on your muscle will definitely give your body the exercise it needs and to reduce undesirable fats in your body. Can you honestly say you don’t need to reduce your fat percentage? Come on, I think we all could. Thus expect the tone of your body to improve. Even more, expect your body to look better, look leaner and younger.

5. Improve Your Health Even If You Are In Your Golden Years

For those of you who are in your golden years, undergoing a resistance training program will help improve your health of course and decrease health risks. They can help you be more independent, without needing to rely on other people for doing simple things. Being able to do so will also decrease the risk of injuries in your later years.

6. Improve Your Heart Condition

Regularly doing resistance training can result in a lowered heart rate and lowered blood pressure. The risk of heart diseases is reduced to a considerable extent.

Resistance Training Summary

Resistance training must be properly done. It requires commitment and consistency. It should be done on a regular basis, following a schedule that the doctor or the physical trainer would recommend. If done incorrectly, the benefits of the program may not be enjoyed and it can even result in injury.

The key here is to simply take your time. Do things one step at a time and correctly. As your body condition improves, then move on to more challenging tasks. The strength of the body and its overall look are at stake in the resistance training. So you better be sure to do it properly.

So there you have it, the latest article in the series “Make The Rest of Your Life – The Best of Your Life” on The Bum Gun Blog. As always please feel free to comment below and remember I am always available on my email to answer any questions. Please catch me on info (at) thebumgun .com
Until next time then, keep putting some effort in and your body will look and feel much younger.

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Greg Noland

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