People usually begin resistance training because they want to change the way their body looks, get stronger, or lose fat. As a surprise to many people who begin resistance training, they begin to see the following benefits.
Physical activity has been consistently found to improve cognition. The cognitive function increase is often profound. People will notice that their mind will be sharper, work faster and they will be of a clearer mind. This is due to the body producing brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) when you exercise. BDNF promotes the growth of brain tissue while also protecting the health of your brain. Cognitive decline and brain related diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer's is lower in cases of people with high levels of BDNF.
The benefits of exercise also extend to improving the mood of people especially in those suffering from mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Resistance training is particularly effective for anxiety and depression as it forces people to focus on the exercise rather than any stressful events occurring in their life. It is all too easy to get lost in your thoughts while going for a jog or walk but you must stay present while weight lifting.
Protection against Chronic Illness
Resistance training also provides resilience to chronic illness. Adding muscle is like taking an insurance policy out against chronic illness. The greater the amount of muscle someone has the greater their insulin sensitivity will be. This is due to the increased capacity of the muscle to store and use glycogen (from carbs).
One of the most common chronic illnesses in Australia is Type 2 Diabetes which is becoming more and more common. There is an incredible protective effect from Type 2 Diabetes when people have just a moderate amount of muscle mass.
Additionally, physical strength also provides an excellent indicator of longevity.
The greater strength someone has, the likelihood they live longer increases. Contrary, an accurate predicator of early death can be found in those who are physically weak.
Increase in Libido
Many people often find an increase in libido after a few months of resistance training. Resistance training has been found to increase hormone levels that lead to an increase in libido in both men and women. Resistance training is often considered to be the "fountain of youth" due to the increase in growth hormone production. More directly, studies have found a direct increase in testosterone in both the short and long term for those who perform resistance training.
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