Best Types of Exercise For Your Health: Resistance Training
Whenever someone says “exercise” most people immediately think about huffing and puffing in the gym doing resistance training.
Make no mistake: running, swimming and cycling are just as ‘exercise-y’ as lifting weights, the only difference is that many people think these three are good for your heart health, while weightlifting is only good to build strength and muscles.
Contrary to the popular belief, weightlifting is just as good for your cardiovascular health as running, swimming and cycling.
And that’s not the only health benefit of doing deadlifts, pull-ups, bench presses and other bodybuilding exercises.
There are hundreds of various exercises you can do to train each and every muscle group in your body.
“But why on Earth would I need so many exercises?” you may ask. No need to Google it. We have the answer for you here and now…
Doing various exercises and constantly tweaking your workout allows absolutely all of your joints to work at maximum amplitude.
To put it simply: when performing different exercises properly, you move everything that is supposed to move in your body.
Is that a good thing? Absolutely. Resistance training improves blood circulation in your joints, preventing various diseases.
Healthy Endocrine System (For Men)
Lifting weights makes you a better man for years (decades) to come. It’s been scientifically proven that resistance training boosts the level of testosterone, a male sex hormone, in men.
This is especially important when you’re over 30 and your testosterone levels begin to decline, which, in turn, may affect your male health negatively over time.
Healthy Lower Back
Lower back is so underrated nowadays. But it shouldn’t be, especially with the global slouching we have in the 21st century.
Scientists have concluded that the stronger the core, the less stress bears your lower back. Why is this happening? Our bodies have a musculoskeletal system, which (surprise, surprise!) is divided into muscles and skeletal frame.
If your muscles are weak or fatigued, the skeletal frame – or, to be more precise, your lower back – will bear a large portion of stress. That leads to a higher stress on your intervertebral discs.
By strengthening muscles in the back – by doing exercises such as deadlifts, rows, pull-downs, hyperextensions to name a few – you help out your skeletal frame (lower back).
Disadvantages of Resistance Training
Resistance training is usually associated with two major disadvantages:
- It’s dangerous. When lifting weights, there’s a high risk of injuring yourself, especially if you’re exercising with improper form or/and lifting heavy. We’ll discuss injuries in resistance training in detail in our future articles.
- It’s non-flexible. Unless you set up a home gym or you perform exclusively bodyweight exercises, you’ll always be tied to a gym membership and the gym per se.
At first, you’ll also be tied to a specific personal trainer, as no beginner should exercise without the guidance of a qualified personal trainer. When exercising without a trainer, there’s a risk of not training properly (=wasting your time) or even injuring yourself.
- Not to mention that gym memberships can be quite costly.
You can compare the pros and cons of each and choose the perfect one for you.
Do keep in mind that you don’t have to limit yourself to only one specific type of physical activity. On the contrary, doing various types of exercise will help you get all the benefits of fitness.