In addition to replacing muscle, reducing fat and revving up metabolic rate, research reveals many health-related reasons for performing regular strength exercise. These include lower resting blood pressure, better blood lipid levels, greater glucose usage, increased bone mineral density, less low-back pain, reduced arthritic discomfort, faster gastrointestinal transit and improved psychological profiles.

 

 

In a recent study of Hispanic men and women, 16 weeks of strength training produced dramatic improvements in glucose control that are comparable to taking diabetes medication. Additionally, the study volunteers were stronger, gained muscle, lost body fat, had less depression, and felt much more self-confident.

 

*Results may vary