Physical inactivity leads to an average loss of 5-7 pounds of muscle per decade. Due to the loss of muscle, the metabolic rate will drop 2-5% per decade. Calories that were previously used for muscle energy are now put into fat storage, resulting in weight gain.
Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart
attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new Iowa State University study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. Less than an hour of weekly resistance exercise (compared with no resistance exercise) was associated with a 29 percent lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which increases risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The risk of hypercholesterolemia was 32 percent lower. The results for both studies also were independent of aerobic exercise.
Research conducted at Tufts University found that strength training can add bone
density. Early on, it was that women might be able to slow their bone loss, but not increase bone density. This new study reveals that strength training at any age can actually add bone, not just slow its loss.
Decrease Arthritic Pain
Strength training may be one of the best ways to get relief from arthritis. Strength training will help lubricate and nourish the joint as well as strengthen the muscles around the joint, providing greater support. Strength training continues to show more benefits than any other form of physical activity. People of all ages and fitness levels can reap the health related benefits of strength training through our program. The best results will be attained by being consistent with your training and following a structured nutritional program.