First things first, life is EASIER when you’re STRONG. From everyday activities such as getting in/out of bed, carrying the shopping or carrying your children, walking up a flight of stairs…this list can go on. Being strong is going to make these jobs and daily routines so much easier!
But in addition to making life and daily routines easier, being strong has other great advantages.
Strength training has a much greater level of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption than aerobic exercise. What does this mean? When you finish a workout, your body needs to do a lot of work to replenish itself in order to bring itself back to a normal state (the way it was before you worked out). This takes a lot of energy, and some studies have shown that it can boost your metabolism for up to 38 hours after you finish your workout.
Not only that, but strength training can help increase your metabolism by speeding up your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). This is because it takes your body more calories to maintain muscle than it does to maintain fat. Estimates are that for every 1 lb of muscle you gain, your RMR goes up 30-50 calories!
What does strength training do for you internally?
When you follow a strength training program and start building up strength in your body this will cause for your bone density to increase, build a stronger heart allowing for my blood to be pumped out per beat, reduces your resting blood pressure, improves blood flow, halts muscle loss, helps to control blood sugar, improves cholesterol levels and will improve your balance and coordination.