1. Improve Your Metabolism
Strength training is the best way to improve your metabolism because muscle burns up calories faster than fat. When you increase your muscle mass, you boost your resting metabolism allowing your body to burn more calories and why every exercise program should include weight training.
2. Prevents Injury
Studies show tons of back and knee surgeries could be avoided with proper strength training because by improving the strength of the muscles, tendons, and even the ligaments and bones, they are less prone to injury. By building stronger muscles and tendons, we are helping them hold the body in proper alignment while protecting the bones and joints.
Strength training provides our bodies with longevity. Athletes who want to be active in sports like tennis, basketball, running, biking will be able to enjoy those activities for many more years by adding strength training to their activities.
It's important to note that spot reduction doesn't work. We shouldn't focus just one area of our bodies because we want it to be skinnier. Strengthening our body as a whole is important to enjoy mobility and agility for years to come.
With these reasons in mind, I want to challenge you to focus on growing your body stronger by committing to strength training over the next 5 days with these workouts and see what a difference it makes in how you feel.
4. Best Way To Lose Weight
One of the biggest myths when it comes to weight loss is we have to increase our cardio. Running, biking, walking and cardio workouts are great for cardiovascular health and will help to aid in weight loss, however, strength training is far more important. Strength or resistance training builds lean muscles which increases our metabolism and plays a critical role in our ability to lose and maintain a healthy weight. If you want to lose weight and are struggling you are likely not doing enough strength training (at least 2-3 days per week!!)
Let's Get Started!
Each day you will find a variety of workouts to choose from based on your fitness level including beginner/chair options. It's always important to listen to your body. If during the workout we are doing 10 reps of a move, for example, and you can only do 5 that's okay. If we are using weights, bands or fitness loops and you can only use your body weight that's okay too. It's about meeting yourself where you are and celebrating what your body can do, not beating yourself up for what you can't do. With consistency, you will get stronger. Building a stronger healthier you is a marathon, not a sprint. One day, one workout at a time, you've got this!
Make sure to come back to this site over the next 5 days and do a new strength workout!!
Day 1 Arms, Shoulders & Back
Day 2 Lower Body
Day 3 Core
Day 4 Cardio & Strength
Day 5 Stretch & Strength
Give yourself a big pat on the back for a job well done this week! Don't you feel stronger and more confident?! Use this challenge as a starting point to make strength training a regular part of your workout routine. Our website includes 100's of FREE workouts. Click HERE to head over to our website and access our entire library of strength training workouts for FREE!
Michelle is the founder of Faithful Workouts. She began her fitness career in 1984 and still loves to help people break free from fitness frustration and move towards a life full of physical and spiritual health. Michelle is married to Jeff and they have three children PLUS two lovable dogs.