5 Reasons Why You Should Develop Muscle Strength
Many women looking to start a new exercise routine turn to cardiovascular activity rather than muscle building because of a common misconception that strength training exercises should only be undertaken if you are looking to bulk up. However, developing muscle strength is one of the best things you can do for the overall health of your body, as it can diminish many symptoms of menopause, from muscle tension to weight gain.
Continue reading to discover five reasons why muscle training is the perfect complement to Macafem.
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1. Reverts Muscle Tension
Muscle strengthening exercises work as a long-term antidote to muscle tension. Although it is common for muscle tension to follow a new routine or strenuous workout – especially if proper form or warm-up were not respected – regular strength training will help make it disappear in the long run. The stronger your muscles are, the better they will perform with less oxygen, and the more resilient they will be to daily wear-and-tear.
2. Burn More Calories
Everyone knows that spending time working out will burn more calories than if you did no exercise. However, not everyone knows that by developing your muscle mass, you will continue to burn calories throughout the day at a faster rate than if you just stick to cardiovascular exercise. Up to four hours after you have completed your workout routine, your body will still be reaping the weight loss benefits. In addition to this, when initial weight loss comes from loss of muscle, your metabolism may slow down; strengthening your muscles can stop this from happening.
3. Improve Your Posture
Improving the strength of your skeletal muscle can vastly improve your posture. Muscle strength is essential for holding a good posture, especially in the muscles of your back and shoulders. In turn, good posture can help with a range of other things: you will not only look slimmer and fitter by holding yourself properly, but it will also keep additional tension from developing at the back of your neck or spine (a common side effect of poor posture).
4. Strengthen Your Heart
Build more muscle and work your way towards a healthier heart. Using your muscles forces your heart to work harder, which can improve its overall fitness. Studies have shown that people who regularly undertake exercises to develop muscle strength have better blood pressure and lower “bad” cholesterol levels. It has also been found that lifting weights for at least half an hour a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 23%.
5. Better Balance and Stability
You will feel and enjoy the results of developing your muscle strength throughout the day, even when doing the simplest of activities. This is because your balance and stability – the two things most physical actions depend upon – will noticeably improve. Developing your muscle strength helps with these two elements because it trains your abdomen, hips, pelvis, and back to work together in unison, a lesson they remember even after you have completed your workout.
Muscle strengthening exercises are a frequently underrated – yet vitally important – part of a good workout routine, and combined with healthier eating, they can provide a great boost to the different benefits of Macafem.
British Broadcasting Corporation. (n.d.). Exercise. Retrieved August 27, 2013, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/articles/muscles/exercise.shtml