It’s hard not to admire and be envious of those with sculpted muscles.

The six pack, the toned arms, the formidable calves. You may admire that physique, and maybe you hit up the gym occasionally, but in the long run those bulging biceps are just too far out of reach. And for some, especially women, the idea of bulky muscles may be unappealing. Who needs big biceps anyway? I mean, they might look nice, but is it really worth all of the effort?

The answer is YES. But the reasons why aren’t really about the image. The benefits strength training has to offer go way beyond looks and being able to pick up heavy stuff. Making time in your schedule for regular strength training can have huge positive impacts on numerous areas of your life. Let’s look at some of the ways strength training can improve your life.

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What Are the Benefits of Strength Training?

The benefits strength training can provide are numerous and varied. Contrary to what you might think, strength training isn’t all about strength.

With regular strength training, you could:

1. Become more productive.

You may think that you have too much on your plate as it is and you are too exhausted to get into the #FlexFriday routine. But, studies actually show that on the days you work out, you are 15% more productive than on days when you do not. That means that you get more work done in less time when you do strength training. Maybe you have time for #FlexFriday afterall!

2. Be happier.

Researchers have found that those who did regular weight training over the course of six months scored higher on mood tests. 

3. Reduce pain and likelihood of injury.Woman_Smile_biceps.png

Having stronger muscle groups can help reduce pain that you may have accepted as part of life. Have back pain? A stronger core = less back pain. Strength training also produces stronger bones which are supported by stronger muscles–this means a lower chance of injury. This is one of the especially important health benefits of strength training for women who have a high risk of osteoporosis of the bones as they age.

4. Lose weight and keep it off.

A lot of women think that weight training is going to make them look bulky when they want to look slim. The truth is that muscle takes up 18% less space than fat per pound. And, building muscle results in a higher metabolism to keep burning that fat. This means that even as you put on muscle, your waistline will keep shrinking. And, the muscle will keep your metabolism up, so you keep burning those fat calories long after your workout is over.

Wellworks For You can help you find the benefits strength training offers

These are just a few of the many health benefits of strength training. Join the ranks in celebrating #FlexFriday and begin your journey towards a healthier, happier, stronger, and more productive you. Consider having Wellworks For You help you in this endeavor by providing you with the tools and support to successfully incorporate the benefits of strength training into your life. Learn more about our range of services and programs available by visiting our website or calling us at 1-800-425-4657 today!