Strength training, also known as resistance training, is a great form of physical activity to add into a well-balanced exercise routine. Strength training can improve muscular strength, increase bone density, aid in weight management, improve posture and balance— and has many other health benefits. Improving your muscle-to-fat ratio will aid in weight management because as you gain muscle your body will burn more calories while at rest. Strength training does not need to be done at a gym with heavy weights; you can perform many of the same exercises at home using small weights or household items to gain many of the same health benefits.
If you’re looking to begin a strength training program, here are some things to know:
If you are not sure about what equipment or machines to use at a gym, most gyms will provide a tour and an orientation on the equipment to make sure you are practicing proper form. As with any other activity, you should consult with your doctor before beginning a strength training program. Check out some of our other blogs for great ideas for sample workouts!