We already know how important it is to exercise. Walking and jogging is often the go-to work out for many of us. Getting those steps it is important, but don’t dismiss how vital resistance training can be for your health. Not only will resistance exercises help to tighten and tone your body, they also build strength and endurance.

What is Resistance Training?

Also known as strength training or weight training, resistance training is the practice of using resistance to strengthen the skeletal muscles. The idea is that your muscles will work hard to overcome the resistance force of the exercises. When you stick to a resistance training schedule your muscles will become stronger and you will find you have a greater level of endurance.

How Often Should I Work Out?

A well-rounded exercise routine is a mix of resistance training and aerobic exercises. This ensures you are building strength and endurance while still maintaining your heart and lung fitness. Beginners should aim to work out at least two days each week then building on that number as strength increases. Be sure to start out slowly so you don’t get burnt out. As you progress, switch up your exercise routine every six weeks or so to keep it challenging and fun.

What Are Some Resistance Training Exercises?

You don’t have to break the bank with a gym membership. There are many strengthening exercises you can do at home in your living room. Here are a few exercises I recommend:

  • Planking
  • Squats
  • Leg Raises
  • Arm Raises
  • Push-ups
  • Resistance band stretches
  • Medicine ball lifts

What Are the Long-Term Benefits of Resistance Training?

As our bodies age, we lose strength and mobility. The more strong and agile our bodies the more we can do as we get older. Strong muscles and high endurance means more support for aging joints. And let’s not forget the visible benefits of a firm body and great posture!