If you have no clue on what strength training is all about, I strongly encourage you to read on! If you are already familiar, well, it does not hurt to find out more! Who knows, you might just find something in here that could help change your routine and your life.

 

To most people out there, you might think that strength training is all about heavy lifting. Well, if you get that, then you are one step closer to understanding what strength training is all about. Apart from the well sought after purpose of body building, strength training has more health benefits than you might imagine. Before we take a step further, let us understand the benefits of strength training and hence its importance.

 

According to Dr. Mercola, strength training is an integral part of a well-rounded exercise program and is  recommended for both sexes, including the young and old. Not only does it help you lose excess fat, it helps you maintain healthy bone mass and prevent age-related muscle loss as you age. Many of the diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle can also be slowed down or even stopped through the benefits of strength training.

 

According to Tanner, strength training may even be particularly beneficial for those with heart disease, and is an effective way to control your blood glucose level.

 

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Therefore, strength training is an essential element if you want to prevent common diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, limited range of motion, aches and pains.

 

That brings us to the question on "How do I get started?" Well, for beginners who wish to start off light or for people who are still skeptical on heavy weight lifting, you could start with exercises which utilize your body weight. Try push-ups, chin-ups, dips and leg squats. Such exercises can be done almost anywhere and definitely in the comfort of your home. Resistance tubing or resistance band exercises is also an inexpensive way to start off your strength training.

 

To all ladies who seek the benefits of strength training but do not wish to bulk up, fear not! It actually takes much more than just weight lifting to achieve the kind of bulk you might have witnessed in body builders. So, let's get started!