Resistance training is as an interesting topic. By now, I hope there is enough education and information around this misconception but there still seems to be some hesitation with it. During this blog I want to talk about some of the benefits of resistance training and help you create your foundation around this life changing fitness component.
From my experience, men seem to be more invested in resistance training whereas most (not all) women seem to be more invested in cardiovascular training. Let me start off by saying both are amazing. Anytime we can move our bodies we are going to create some sort of adaptation. However, when it comes to momentum, not all wellness tactics are created equal. That is to say, not all things create the same amount of results. This is true in nutrition, stress management, and especially exercise. When it comes to getting the MOST out of your training (in terms of fat loss, recomposition, or muscle gain) resistance training takes the cake.
When we engage in resistance training, multiple things happen. First, we stimulate muscle, burn calories, and create blood flow. We also help improve joint, tendon, and connective tissue health. However, what most people don't realize is that resistance training is more effective at long-term fat loss, recomposition, and muscle gain compared to cardio. When we engage in consistent resistance training we improve our metabolic rate (muscle is a live, active tissue that needs energy) which can help promote the appropriate caloric energy level based on your goal. When we engage in cardiovascular exercise, we burn calories but our caloric burn only happens during the cardiovascular activity. Over the long term, resistance training can help you burn more calories throughout the entire day even when you aren't exercising. I like to compare resistance training to finances. For whatever reason this seems to strike a chord with most people. Resistance training is like investing money. It seems slow at first but as you pick up momentum (patience and time) it creates exponential results (compound interest).
It's also ironic to me that most people prioritize cardio because they want to look better. The ironic part is resistance training is the very thing that makes you look better. It provides shape and tone to your body if combined with the correct caloric level dependent on your goal.
Another common misconception with resistance training is that it leads to injury. However, resistance training has been shown to do the exact opposite when properly performed. Effective and safe programming will enhance connective tissue and help you stay injury free. It also helps stimulate muscle which is the number one indicator in life expectancy. Simply put, if you want to feel better, look better, or move better, resistance training is for you! If you have any specific questions please reach out to me (button below). I would love to help trouble shoot some individual barriers and help you start gaining some momentum! There are practical and simple programs that can help you start incorporating effective resistance training into your schedule. Your best is yet to come.