Strength Training at Home for Great Fitness
If you’re looking to improve your health and fitness, lose weight and tone your body, strength training is just as important as cardio. In fact, strength training and conditioning can actually make your usual cardio routine more effective, and help you continue to burn calories even while you’re resting.
Strength training is a type of exercise where resistance is used to contract the muscles and build strength, muscle mass and definition, depending on the type of exercise and gym equipment you use.
There are two key types of strength training. Isometric resistance refers to strength training where you contract your muscles against a stable object, like you would the floor mid push-up. Isotonic resistance refers to strength training where you contract your muscles through a range of motions, like you would in your biceps with free weights.
What are the benefits of strength training?
Most people understand that weight, resistance and strength training is vital for toning and giving your muscles definition, or increasing muscle mass. But strength training also offers arange of other great benefits to help you get in shape and improve your health and wellness.
You’ll be stronger and healthier
Strength training can improve your heart health and strengthen your muscles and your bones. Regardless of your gender, you lose around 1 percent of your bone and muscle strength every year after puberty. Adding weights to your home gym routine can prevent – and even reserve –bone and muscle weakening
Strength training can help to improve your balance, posture and coordination, making yourcardio workout more efficient, and reducing your risk of injury. By strengthening your muscles,you’ll also enhance your endurance, meaning you’ll be able to train more effectively – and for a longer duration – on cardio days.
You’ll lose more weight, faster
Strength training can help you lose weight faster and more effectively. Like cardio, you’ll burn calories with strength training, but unlike cardio, strength training helps you continue to burn calories after your workout, since more energy is burned to make and maintain muscle. Strength training can also boost your metabolism by as much as 15 percent, meaning the more muscle you build, the more fat you’ll burn, even at rest.
Adding strength training to your existing home gym routine
Whether you rent or purchase strength training gym equipment or simply add a range of isometric training exercises into your repertoire, t’s easy to add strength training to your existing home gym workout routine.
Remember, your muscles need time to recover, so be sure to only add strength training to your workout on alternate days. Alternatively, if you like to work out every day, switch between cardio and strength training, or mix up your strength training workouts to give your muscles a break, focusing on arms, chest and back every second day, and legs, glutes every other day.
You might not be sweating as much doing resistance or strength training as you would during acardio routine, but your body is still working extremely hard so keep yourself hydrated.
What should I look for when purchasing or renting strength training equipment?
If you want to add strength training gym equipment to your home gym, it’s important to do your research and select a piece of equipment that will be meet your needs.
Think about what you want to achieve from your strength training – whether it’s to target a specific muscle group or achieve an all-over resistance workout – and have a good look at the options available to see which machine or accessory will help you achieve your goals.
If you’re not sure which piece of equipment is right for you, talk to one of our experts at Northshore Health and Fitness to discuss your current fitness level and capabilities and your goals. They’ll be able to direct you to some great options.
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