11 benefits of strength training for your body and brain

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There are different kinds of strength training from HIIT to power-lifting to circuit training and muscle-isolation exercises.
These types of workouts are often associated with toning muscles, but there are many physical and mental benefits to strength training.
Strength training can help regulate your blood flow and heart rate, speed up your metabolism, clear up brain fog, and boost your mood.

There are a lot of misconceptions about strength training that need to be debunked, and most of them have to do with what people assume strength training actually does to your body. Unless you’re a bodybuilder, strength training exercises from weight lifting to bodyweight movements like squats, push-ups, and planks won’t make you bulk up, but they will offer a slew of other benefits — both physically, and mentally.

“I think many younger people start training for aesthetic reasons, while others want to get a competitive edge at their sport, or a combo of the two,” Reebok trainer, Mike Farr told INSIDER.

“As we mature physically and mentally, I believe our goals in life change, and with this, many people find strength training also. Strength training for general health purposes becomes a more prominent goal. Many also turn to strength training (competitive power-lifting/weightlifting) as a passion or hobby of its own. Although there is a wide variety of reasons why people begin training, the benefits for everyone are the same,” added Farr.

Here are a few examples of strength training can benefit your brain and body.

Bodyweight strength training helps you become more in tune with your physical self

Strength training is an umbrella phrase that encompasses a wide variety of training methods such as circuit training, power-lifting, explosive-dynamic training, and more. Each of these exercises work your muscles in different ways.

Bodyweight strength training, in particular, requires you to use your own body as resistance (rather than, say, dumbbells or machines), and because this method depends on your knowledge of your own body’s limitations and strengths, brand ambassador for Asana Rebel, Kelly Pender told INSIDER it strengthens your relationship with your body.

“Through [bodyweight training] exercises you can build an awesome physique, strength, balance, physical stamina, and improve flexibility and mobility. [But] my favorite part of bodyweight training is that you learn to tune into your body to see if you need to modify and rest or are able to challenge yourself and push yourself a bit further,” Pender …read more

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