Resistance exercise involves working against a force to build muscle strength and endurance. The health benefits of resistance exercises are numerous, and include:
Increased muscle mass and strength: Resistance exercise increases muscle mass and strength, which can improve overall physical function and reduce the risk of injury.
Improved bone health: Resistance exercise helps to maintain and improve bone density, which reduces the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.
Enhanced metabolic function: Resistance exercise can improve metabolic function, including insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, which can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Decreased body fat: Resistance exercise can help to decrease body fat, particularly when combined with a healthy diet, which can reduce the risk of obesity and related health problems.
Improved cardiovascular health: Resistance exercise can help to lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Improved balance and coordination: Resistance exercise can improve balance and coordination, which can reduce the risk of falls and related injuries.
Overall, resistance exercise is an effective way to improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It is recommended that adults engage in resistance exercise at least two days per week, in addition to regular aerobic exercise.
According to research, resistance exercise improves cognitive function and improves quality of life as we age.
Abou Sawan S, Nunes EA, Lim C, McKendry J, Phillips SM. The Health Benefits of Resistance Exercise: Beyond Hypertrophy and Big Weights. Exercise, Sport, and Movement. 2023;1(1):
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