Just because we are confined to our homes for the next few weeks, it doesn’t mean that the importance of resistance training is null and void. If anything, it’s even MORE important to keep working your muscles in one form or another from home now that you can’t access the gym.
Here are just 6 reasons why resistance training is so flippin’ important and one of the best things you can do for your body:
1. It burns fat. Strength training builds muscle tissue and the more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you will burn, even at rest.
2. It improves your body composition. Do you want that 'toned' look? Regular strength training combined with a calorie deficit/maintenance will get you there.
3. It makes you strong. Regular strength training creates a strong physique and will make the things you used to find difficult, a doddle.
4. It preserves bone and muscle tissue. From around our mid-thirties, our bone and muscle tissues start to deteriorate, eventually leading to osteoporosis (brittle bones) and sarcopenia (muscle wastage). However, this can be stopped in its tracks with regular resistance training and reduce the need for that zimmer frame in old age.
5. It reduces the risk of injury. Strength training helps to strengthen muscles and tendons whilst also increasing the flexibility of your ligaments, which in turn improves balance meaning you are less likely to fall (particularly as we age). Not only this but strength training also decreases the risk of your muscles becoming strained or torn.
6. It's bloody awesome and there's no better feeling than experiencing what your body is truly capable of, particularly when you look back at your resistance training journey and see how much you have progressed.
Now, I’m not knocking cardio, but cardio won’t benefit you in the same way as resistance training, so whether you’re new to resistance training, or you need a little inspiration on how to keep challenging your body from home, check out my free 2-week home workout program here