Strength training is important for overall health, fitness, and well-being. It provides numerous benefits, including:
Increased muscle strength and endurance: Strength training can help improve muscle strength, power, and endurance, which can lead to better performance in daily activities and sports.
Improved bone density: Resistance training has been shown to increase bone mineral density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Enhanced body composition: Strength training can help increase lean body mass while reducing body fat, leading to improved body composition and a healthier appearance.
Better balance and coordination: By targeting specific muscle groups, strength training can improve balance, coordination, and overall functional fitness.
Reduced risk of injury: Stronger muscles and connective tissues can help protect joints and reduce the risk of injuries in sports and daily activities.
Improved metabolic health: Strength training can boost metabolism, improve insulin sensitivity, and help manage blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
Enhanced mental health: Regular strength training has been linked to improvements in mood, reduced anxiety, and increased self-esteem.
Here are some reputable sources from my training data up to September 2021 that support the importance of strength training:
American College of Sports Medicine (2009). American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Progression models in resistance training for healthy adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 41(3), 687-708. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181915670
Westcott, W. L. (2012). Resistance training is medicine: Effects of strength training on health. Current Sports Medicine Reports, 11(4), 209-216. https://doi.org/10.1249/JSR.0b013e31825dabb8
Wolfe, R. R., Miller, S. L., & Miller, K. B. (2008). Optimal protein intake in the elderly. Clinical Nutrition, 27(5), 675-684. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2008.06.008
Ratamess, N. A., Alvar, B. A., Evetoch, T. K., Housh, T. J., Kibler, W. B., Kraemer, W. J., & Triplett, N. T. (2009). American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Progression models in resistance training for healthy adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 41(3), 687-708. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181915670
Strasser, B., & Schobersberger, W. (2011). Evidence for resistance training as a treatment therapy in obesity. Journal of Obesity, 2011, 482564. https://doi.org/10.1155/2011/482564
O'Connor, P. J., Herring, M. P., & Caravalho, A. (2010). Mental health benefits of strength training in adults. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 4(5), 377-396. https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827610368771
Please note that these sources may not be the most recent, and it is recommended to search for more up-to-date literature when researching the topic of strength training.