Weight Training

Weight Training Exercises are an outstanding form of exercise and should be included as part of virtually every individual's overall health and fitness routine. Weight training exercises, or resistance training, can be defined as any exercise where the muscles are required to contract in order to move an external resistance source against the force of gravity.

An external resistance can be in the form of free weights, dumbbells, weight machines, kettlebells, elastic bands, medicine balls, body weight, or any other object that forces the muscles involved in the movement to contract when the object is moved against gravity.

While the first order benefits associated with weight training may be to increase lean muscle tissue density, structural strength, and to improve muscular tone and endurance; there are several additional benefits that are less obvious.

For example, additional benefits associated with regularly weight training include increasing the individual's basal metabolic rate (BMR) so that their body burns a higher number of calories per day. This being said, coupling a weight training routine with a weight loss program is ideal for individuals that are looking to reduce their excess body fat.

Additional health and wellness benefits include reductions in the probability of osteoporosis by strengthening and maintaining bone density, improved muscular endurance, decreases in resting blood pressure, decreases in the risk of adult onset diabetes, decreases in the risk of several forms of cancer, increases in HDL (good type) cholesterol blood levels, strengthening of the immune system, lowering of the hearts resting heart rate, improvements in balance and coordination, and increases in the sense of mental well-being.