Time Magazine article on strength training

Time Magazine recently published an article on the benefits of weight training.  There are three things that I absolutely LOVE about this article.

The first reason: It’s title

“Why Weight Training Is Ridiculously Good For You”

How fun is that title?  Pretty passionate as well!  I think I am going to start to use that phrase – weight training is ridiculously good for you. It is a great way to convey the incredible truth.  Weight (or strength) training is so good for you – your body and your mind!  And it is so accessible.  It feels like there is a fitness facility on every corner.  And if you are unsure on what to do and are concerned about training correctly, there is an abundance of well-trained personal trainers. (In fact, I know of a great personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton – hint, hint!)

If you are looking for a means to ensure a strong, healthy, and able body for now and in the future, look no further.  Weight training is a big piece of the puzzle.  It will make you more confident about your physical ability as you move forward in life

I said there were three things I loved about this article.  Here is the second.

The second reason: The opening paragraph

“For many, weight training calls to mind bodybuilders pumping iron in pursuit of beefy biceps and bulging pecs. But experts say it’s well past time to discard those antiquated notions of what resistance training can do for your physique and health. Modern exercise science shows that working with weights—whether that weight is a light dumbbell or your own body—may be the best exercise for lifelong physical function and fitness.”

I know this to be true in my work as a personal trainer and in my own fitness journey.   And I am glad to say more and more of our prospective clients come to us with goals focused on function rather than aesthetics. Sure they would like to lose weight and tone their body, but most tell me about goals of staying active, keeping up with their grandkids, and improving their health.  They want to be strong, healthy, and able now and in the future.  It is so apparent how important this quest is to them.  It is about the quality of their lives!

The third reason:  The incredible stats on what weight training can do for you!

It is amazing that something so simple as moving your body with weights (even just your own body weight) can have such a positive impact on your health and your ability to move your body with more confidence, less stiffness, and fewer aches and pains.  I wish more people would find their way to the gym. It’s life transforming!  

The article reports on studies that are showing that weight training improves bone health and protects against loss of bone tissue that is part of the ageing process.  It also helps those with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.

And, especially when coupled with cardiovascular exercise, weight training can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.  It helps manage Type 2 Diabetes and metabolic syndrome.  And it can also fight against inflammation in your body.

Those dumbbells and barbells are incredibly powerful tools for improving health, physical function, and fitness!

I have included the link to Time Magazine article below.  Thanks to our friend, Barb, for passing this article along.  It was a great read!

http://time.com/4803697/bodybuilding-strength-training/

To your health and fitness,

Pam

P.S. Give me a call (630-653-8152) or send me an email (pstrand@strandfitnessllc.com)  if you want to learn how weight training can help you live a great life!  Our free, no-obligation fitness consultation is a great way to get started.

You can also learn more about strength training at Strand Fitness by clicking here http://strandfitnessllc.com/strength-training/

About Pam Strand

Pam Strand is the owner of Strand Fitness, a personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton, serving Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Winfield, & Chicago Western Suburbs. To learn more about how Strand Fitness can help you reach your fitness goals, contact Pam (630 653 8152) and schedule your free fitness consultation. You can also learn more about our fitness solutions here: http://strandfitnessllc.com/fitness-solutions/

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