Mixing it up with Resistance Training

Happy Wellness Wednesday Team!

Up until very recently, the only exercise type I ever did was cardio. Lots of hours logged onto my treadmill thinking this was the only way to stay fit. Does anybody else identify with this?

We are missing out on some serious benefits when we short ourselves to only cardio workouts. Resistance training offers a whole host of benefits that just cannot be denied.

Resistance training is “any time you move your body against resistance” which can be body weight training (like push ups or pull ups, squats, etc.), lifting weights, kettlebell exercises, and various other activities.

Here are just some of the benefits of resistance training:

  1. It is SO much more fun than trying to get all your exercise in one form. When resistance training, you train different muscle groups each day, and like I mentioned above, that can be done in so many different ways and styles. This keeps things fresh and fun!

  2. You are absolutely going to get stronger. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to lift heavy boxes using your legs and not feel like you were going to fall? Wouldn’t it be nice to carry say… a car seat from your vehicle to the grocery store without having to stop and set your infant down? Your body will tighten up. Don’t get me wrong, cardio is super important and has its place, but there is just something so satisfying about seeing a muscle where there was no definition before.

  3. You will reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL), increasing the good (HDL), and lowering your blood pressure!

  4. You will reduce your risk of diabetes! Weight training helps your body metabolize sugar which is critical in preventing diabetes.

  5. As you age, resistance training helps prevent bone density loss.

So whether you’re stuck in a rut with your exercise routine or not, I cannot encourage you enough to find a resistance training workout that you can throw into the mix.

If you’re already resistance training, what are your favorite exercises? Any tips for us newbies?

**Information from verywellfit.com and bodybuilding.com

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