Benefits of Weight Training

There are two types of resistance training.  One is called isometric resistance training.  This is where you contract your muscles against a non moving object.  An example of isometric exercise is pushups.  The floor is not moving, but you are.  The other form of resistance training is called isotonic.  This type of exercise deals with contracting the muscles through a full range of motion.  Weight training is an example of isotonic training.  I will discuss isotonic training in this blog.

The ideal weight training regimen recommends training three times a week for 30 minutes.  Sometimes, people feel that training more than three times a week will give them faster results.  This is not necessarily the case as the body needs time to recuperate from the muscle breakdown.

Weight training will obviously burn calories while you are exercising, but what some people don’t know is that a regular regimen of weight training will cause your metabolism to accelerate so that your body is burning calories even when you’re not exercising.  This is because weight training will increase your muscle mass.  As your muscle mass increases, the amount of calories expended by your body will increase as muscle burns more calories than fat.  And this expenditure of calories will occur even if you’re just watching television.

Losing weight will also reduce your chances of developing type II diabetes mellitus or what some people refer to as Adult Onset Diabetes.  I would recommend that you consult your physician about getting a Hemoglobin A1C which is a measure of your glucose metabolism over the previous few weeks.  You would be surprised to see how many people are in a prediabetic state, and are completely unaware.

Weight training helps with depression.  Part of the reason why depression is improved is the release of endorphins which are naturally occurring opioid type chemicals in our bodies.  Endorphins make us feel good naturally.

For those of us with osteoporosis (thinning bones) issues, weight training definitely helps increase bone density.  This should diminish the chances of bone fractures from trauma like a fall.

Weight training will also improve your body mechanics.  Your posture will improve and you will walk straighter and your legs will be stronger.

Therefore, I recommend weight training for all of the above reasons.  As always, please consult  your physician before starting an exercise regimen.  Wishing you the best in your weight loss and weight maintenance endeavors.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.  Pablo

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