What are the benefits of weight training? There are many benefits when it comes to resistance exercise. Weight training will make you physically stronger and makes your everyday biomechanical moments easier. ADLs (activities of daily living) are the Movements that we perform without a second thought. What are ADLs? Some Examples of ADLs are running, Walking, Cutting your lawn, Shopping, also your job. Weight training will also improve bone density, and help slow down Sarcopenia.
Is lifting weight truly beneficial? Believe it or not, training with weights destroys cells. We need to damage muscle first before anabolism can occur. After a weight training session muscles incur microscopic break down (tearing muscle). The healing process takes place when we sleep, and of course, the correct nutrition is an important factor. It can take up to three days to a week for the muscle to heal; sometime the healing process may overlap into the next workout, how fast you heal is on an individual basis. If you are an individual that trains quite often the healing process is usually faster. Because cells become accustomed to being broken down constantly muscle will make that environmental adjustment and heal faster. When one trains with weights frequent muscles will grow trying to keep up with the workouts that are being performed. After approximately 4 to 6 weeks the body will adapt to your weight training program and anabolism will occur. The heavier you lift the more muscular damage will occur. Muscle will be forced to adjust and will grow to handle its newfound stress, and that means muscle cellular growth (hypertrophy)
Does training with weight help with posture? Yes, we need strong muscle to keep us erect and upright. As we get older our back sometimes curves (back Flexion) this usually occurs because there is not enough muscle to support one’s skeletal frame. That would mean posture is lost, and a person will lose height as well as becoming a shorter human being. The Erector Spinae is a major muscle when it comes down to back support. It’s a muscle that helps with core support. Every exercise that is performed on one’s feet entails spinal erectors. Abdominals are the antagonist muscles to the back also helping with posture. The stomach and back are constantly contracting antagonistically when standing to keep you upright. Posture is mostly red slow type 1 muscle fiber. That simply means stand for a long period and muscles will not fatigue quickly.
Will weight training help one’s metabolism? Yes definitely, our Metabolism slows down with age. That’s normal of course, but there are a few things we can to help slow that process. Lifting weights will help muscle hypertrophy, and build more lean tissue will speed up your metabolism for both old and young individuals. I am sure you have heard the old folk’s tale about burning muscle. For every pound of lean tissue, you will burn 50 calories will be expended. The problem with this finding is its lack of scientific proof. The only thing that is known for sure is muscle is metabolically active which means lean tissue burns a tremendous amount of fuel, and Fat burns a lot fewer calories. Also, age is a big factor when talking about metabolism. Males produce the highest levels of testosterone at around 17 years old. When changing from a boy to a man lean tissue recovery is so much faster at that age, both lean tissue recovery and muscle fiber growth happen at a much higher metabolic rate.
What is Sarcopenia, and will weight training aid in the process of slowing down Sarcopenia? Sarcopenia is when cells break down faster than regenerate. Yes, resistance training will help slow down muscular degeneration due to age. A sedentary human being will lose approximately 3 to 5% of their skeletal tissue after the age of 30 years old. Sarcopenia usual accelerates around 65, but for the extremely sedentary it can start as soon as 60 years old. weight training is all about breaking down and destruction of muscle fiber. Then the body is forced to rebuild itself, and every time cells have to recover they adjust to their stressful environment. that simply means every time muscle is microscopically torn or ripped it will heal and grow larger. Lifting weight causes muscles to make constant anabolic adaptations. this process will slow down Sarcopenia by decades.