50 Reasons to Do Resistance TrainingDec 26, 2023
Ever notice, when somebody is evangelizing the benefits of exercise, they mention only a few basic things...
"Exercise is good for your heart."
Or, maybe they say something cute like, "Jogging and a good diet keeps the doctor away."
Well, let me share one of my favorite quotes, from C. Everett Koop, M.D., former United States Surgeon General. Dr. Koop.
"If exercise were available in pill form, it would be the most widely prescribed drug in the world."
Now, if I may be so bold as to update this quote, I would add the words "structured and progressive" before "exercise."
You see, a structured and progressive strength-and-conditioning program provides a laundry list of benefits.
But it gets even better.
50 Reasons to Do Resistance Training
When you combine resistance training with portion-controlled nutrition, quality sleep, stress management, a positive mindset, and the guidance of an experienced coach, well, that's when anyone, regardless of age, can transform into the best version of themselves.
In fact our client-athletes experience some, if not all, of these 50 benefits when they commit 100% to getting leaner and stronger.
- Elevates your mood
- Improves learning abilities
- Builds muscle
- Keeps your brain fit
- Helps you lose weight
- Boosts mental health
- Boosts your immune system
- Reduces stress
- Makes you feel happier
- Slows the aging process
- Promotes fat loss
- Improves sleeping patterns
- Helps prevent stroke
- Improves joint function
- Improves muscle strength
- Helps manage anxiety
- Sharpens memory
- Helps to control addictions
- Boosts productivity
- Encourages creative thinking
- Improves body image
- Gives you more energy
- Elevates your ability to focus
- Improves eating habits
- Increases longevity
- Strengthens your bones
- Strengthens your heart
- Improves posture
- Lowers the frequency of colds
- Improves appetite
- Improves cholesterol levels
- Lowers risk of certain cancers
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Lowers risk of diabetes
- Fights dementia
- Eases back pain
- Decreases osteoporosis risk
- Reduces feelings of depression
- Prevents muscle loss
- Increases endurance
- Increases sports performance
- Helps detoxify your liver
- Improves balance and coordination
- Helps maintain weight loss
- Improves concentration
- Helps with self-control
- Minimizes fatigue
- Improves your love life
- Reverses metabolic syndrome
- Improves the overall quality of your life
That's some list of benefits.
When it comes to progressive resistance exercise, failure is good.
To boost strength and build muscle, you choose a force that allows you to perform a certain number of repetitions until you reach "momentary muscular failure."
As a result of this controlled failure your muscles adapt and improve.
Whether we're talking about a smart training session or your day-to-day life, failure is an essential step on your path to success.
Think about it: If everything always goes according to plan, and you hit all your exercise and nutrition goals 100% of the time, does that make you successful?
I’d argue that it makes you successful at aspiring to be ordinary.
If you never fail, it means that you’re stuck in contentment.
In order to succeed, you’ll need to venture outside of your comfort zone.
No matter what new skill or habit you’re working on, you have to be bad before you can be good.
And the way you become good is to keep trying.
So if you’re just getting started with fitness, learn to embrace being bad at it in the beginning.
That’s the only precursor to becoming good at it.
It’s a necessary step that can’t be skipped.
If you’ve been training smart for a while and are pretty competent now, never forget how it felt when you started.
That gratitude mindset is where the real transformation happens.
It’s also a great reminder that wherever you are in your journey, there’s still a long way to go.
And that’s the best part.
Successful folks know that living a triumphant life requires goal-setting, hitting deadlines, and creating a realistic plan of action.
But, most of all, you must take imperfect action.
And please, please remember the point of all of this...
You must take care of yourself first so you can enjoy your life and help others do the same.
Ask yourself if you're living up to your FULL potential right now.
If the answer is "yes," congratulations are in order.
Your goal is to maintain your excellence.
Perhaps you answered "no," you are NOT living to your full potential.
The good news is that now is the time for change.
If you are ready to turn off the noise and get laser focused, take the first step here.
To your success,
P.S. Pass this along if you think the "forward failure" message will inspire others.
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.