30 July 2010

Keep You Strong and Healthy: 3 Interesting Facts about Resistance Training

Here are some interesting details about resistance training that will explain its nature and its benefits:

1. What is resistance training
Resistance training is a type of exercise that causes your muscles to work against a resistance using your own body weight or training equipment. Examples of resistance training using body weight are push-ups and sit-ups. Examples of training equipment for resistance training are elastic bands, weights, barbells, exercise cycles, steppers, tread mills, leg presses, and multiple-function compact training benches such as VigorFit, which is a less expensive alternative to Total Gym XLS.

2. How should you do it
In order to avoid injuries and to provide desired results, resistance training should involve progressive adaptation of one’s body to certain resistance.
  •  Training Program in a Gym - Ask an advice from your instructor.
  •  Do It Yourself - You should know what resistance your body can hold that does not result to injuries. For example, you can start using lighter weights, such as three pounds per hand, and do it for only 20 counts. After a few days, you can increase the heaviness of your weights and increase the frequency of your exercise, gradually.

3. What are the benefits that resistance training can give you
  • Increases Overall Strength. The power and endurance to perform vigorous tasks can be improved and increased with continuous resistance training. For example, more strenuous tasks at home will be a lot easier for you, such as moving furniture and bringing your groceries, after two to eight weeks of continuous resistance training.
  • Increases bone strength. Your bones are promoted to remodel by applying adequate pressure on your bones, such as muscular contraction or mechanical pressure. Bone remodeling is responsible for renewing the tissues and condition of your bones, and subsequently increasing bone strength. As a result, risk of bone injuries will be decreased as resistance training makes your bones stronger.
  • Boosts muscle size. Different resistance trainings result to different desired muscle profile. Correct training procedure and equipment should dictate the muscle condition you will develop over time. 
  • Results to leaner body. Body fats will be burned as your body uses up more energy with the exercise itself. Besides, resistance training makes fat burning faster as your muscles grow in size and requiring more use of energy. 
Doing resistance training with proper equipment and proper procedure can help you achieve desired results and benefits.  Do not rush yourself and make it so hard for your body. It is advisable to do the exercise three times a week to let your body has enough time for your muscles to heal and adapt the exercise. Besides, doing some warming-up before resistance training exercises as well as some cooling down after that. Lastly, do not forget to drink enough water during the exercise to replenish lost body fluids. Feel free to give me a comment about this topic. It will be a great support to Xaivier Blog.

Review by: Xaivier Chia


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