Episode 34 – Two reasons why strength training is the secret
Strength is best! Wanna know why? Read on.
While health professionals and scientists understand the body and its function quite well now, the age-old debate of strength training versus cardiovascular training still continues to rage. So, how do you determine which is best?
First off, what’s the measure?
To determine which is best, what is the measure? While both strength training and cardiovascular training offer similar and substantial physiological changes across the board, these are the two factors that put strength training on top.
1. It promotes natural production of anabolic hormones
Resistance training is an environmental change that forces your body to adapt. It promotes the natural secretion of anabolic hormones such as, testosterone and growth hormone among others. Not only do these hormones assist in burning fat, they also play a role in building lean muscle that further helps burn fat. This is a positively reinforced cycle that keeps building momentum as you continue to exercise – meaning it gets easier and easier to keep in good shape.
What’s the other reason? Continue reading below.
2. Improved bone mineral density
One of the downsides to aging is the loss of calcium and other minerals from your bones.
These minerals are reduced over time and if left unchecked can result in diseases such as, osteoporosis or severe problems such as, easily broken bones upon falling. The great thing about resistance training isn’t just about muscle building. It also improves health markers such as, bone mineral density. Bone mineral density is particularly important as you age as well as for those who play contact sports. So, the moral of the story here is resistance training is for everyone and all ages, not just for muscle building.
Finally, which is best?
For me, resistance training offers the most potential for body composition changes. It’s the best way to add lean muscle mass while burning fat. But, before you start, check in with your doctor!
Final note: For the best possible health and fitness results it is highly recommended you use a mix of both resistance training and cardio (although this is a whole another topic).
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