#1. Strength training increases your metabolism. Not only in the short term post workout, but in the long term, as you build more lean muscle mass.
#2. It improves your blood sugar. Strength training helps regulate blood glucose levels by increasing the muscle’s demand for glucose.
#3. Strength training boosts your mood, increasing beta endorphins, warming up the body and giving you a sense of accomplishment
#4. It prevents sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of muscle mass associated with aging. Strength training can prevent and even reverse this loss, keeping you fit and active as you age.
#5. Improved sleep. By balancing hormones and reducing inflammation, strength training can improve sleep quality up to 10%.
#6. Improved athletic performance. Strength training improves speed and power which benefits all types of athletes, as well as reaction time and coordination. It is especially beneficial to skiers, golfers and runners.
#7. Prevent season ending back pain. Nothing is worse then missing out on your favourite sport due to back pain. Strength training increases core strength, movement and coordination which all works to prevent back pain.
#8. Strength Training reduces stress, In addition to the beneficial endorphins released, strength training reduces stress by getting you focused on your body and taking a brain break from the day.
#9. Builds confidence and better body image. Something about moving heavy things just makes us feel confident and capable. Also, taking time for yourself improves self esteem.
#10. Strength training increases longevity by preventing osteoarthritis. In addition to strengthening muscles, strength training builds stronger bones and connective tissue in the body. This prevents arthritis related degeneration, especially when combined with an anti inflammatory, Paleo diet.