Benefits of strength training
and building muscles
Cardiovascular system: You can significantly decrease blood pressure, reduce total cholesterol, and improve blood circulation with regular strength training.
Endocrine system: Strength training improves the muscle’s ability to take in and make use of glucose, otherwise known as blood sugar. This helps reduce blood sugar levels, therefore preventing type 2 diabetes.
Reduced cancer risk: Visceral fat cells produce high levels of fibroblast growth factor-2 – a protein that can trigger cancer in a long term.
Mental health: Strength training alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety, thanks to the endorphins released during exercise. Strength training also improves your body composition and physique, in turn boosting your body image and confidence level.
Osteoporosis prevention: Weight-bearing exercises put temporary stress on your bones, instructing your cells to rebuild the bones. Having strong bones can reduce your risk of osteoporosis, fractures, and falls.
Cognitive system: Older adults who participate in strength training show significant improvements in cognitive functions, such as processing speed, memory, and executive function.