I like to read and study in order to learn more about my craft of strength and conditioning and fitness training. So I actively seek out good information on training that is science based and useful. While in the middle of one of my knowledge binges, I came across a post by Bret Contreras and came out with today’s information.

If you have been in fitness in the last few years and are seeking to learn, you probably know that exercise especially strength training is very useful. You will also be aware that there are huge benefits to training with the right principles and programming. The rest of this post will give you some of those benefits, in fact 31 of them!

Maintain functional ability
Prevent osteoporosis

Prevent sarcopenia

Increase insulin sensitivity and decrease insulin resistance

Increase metabolic rate

Improve glucose metabolism

Decrease systolic and diastolic blood pressure and arterial stiffness

Decrease body fat and central adiposity

Improve gastrointestinal transit time

Reduce the risk of diabetes

Reduce the risk of heart disease

Reduce the risk of cancer

Reduce the risk of falls, fractures and disabilities

Decrease cardiovascular demands of exercise

Decrease triglyceride, total cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol levels

Increase HDL cholesterol levels

Increase muscle and connective tissue strength and hypertrophy

Increase mobility and flexibility

Increase joint stability

Improve balance and coordination

Improve posture

Increase brain/cognitive function

Increase confidence, self-esteem, and happiness

Combat depression and anxiety

Combat metabolic syndrome

Combat frailty syndrome

Improve function in people with cancer, dementia, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, post-stroke disability, lupus, asthma, diabetes, ADHD, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, autism, bipolar disorder, COPD, epilepsy, low back pain, neck pain, chronic headache, and erectile dysfunction

Increase strength, power, speed, and endurance

Prevent ACL, hamstring strain, lumbar, ankle sprain, and shoulder injuries

Improve quality of life

Need I say more! If you see all of these benefits and choose not to practice strength work 2 to 4 days a week, you will not get the benefits of it. Also let these facts keep you going if you are in an intelligent program. Keep on keeping on and you will live a better quality of life!

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Comments
  1. Great post, very motivating. A good reminder the benefits we’re missing out on when/if we get lazy and want to skip workouts!

    Cheers
    Josh

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