Most of us know that consistent strength training is essential to adding more lean muscle tissue to our body, which creates a healthy, tighter, more defined and curvy-fit physique.

While this is a really good and motivating reason to add or continue to include strength training into your weekly routine, did you know that building lean muscle tissue has benefits outside of appearance? Here are a few to think about: 

1. More efficient metabolism. 
Yup, more muscle mass means you burn more calories everyday, even while just sitting around. Put a muscle cell under a microscope and you’ll see the little mitochondria (energy factories inside your cells) going craaaaaazzzy. Put a fat cell under a microscope and you’ll see hardly any movement or activity. So, want be a revved up calorie-burning machine? Build more movin’ and grovin’ muscle cells by strength training regularly (ideally 2-4 times per week)…if you’re not sure where to start, let’s connect.

2. A healthier heart system. 
Exercising helps your heart become more efficient not only by strengthening the actual muscle tissue of the heart walls, but also by increasing cardiac output, or the amount of oxygen-rich blood pumped out with each beat. This means that instead of pumping rapidly to get nutrients to your system, each pump is STRONGER, more efficient – slowed down but more productive. This is good news, friends.

3. More balanced blood sugar.
Strength training can be a natural blood sugar balancer since it helps with removal of glucose (sugar) from the blood. Instead, sugar is brought into your muscles and used as fuel. Many people with insulin resistance (type II diabetes) find exercise to be a wonderful natural assistance for managing blood sugar, reducing the need for medication.

4. A boosted mood.
Some people refer to working out as the body’s natural mood booster. And it’s true! Biologically, working out reduces stress and is tied to improvements in self-esteem, confidence, the ability to problem-solve, better sleep and emotional health. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, chemicals that give you a natural high and lift your mood. Our morning exercise crew, especially, tells us their Semi-Private session or Metabolic Conditioning class helps set the tone for the rest of the day. No matter what time you choose to or are able to workout, your brain gets a boost we think you’ll be really happy having.

5. Protected joints.
When you first begin lifting weights (even just moving your own bodyweight more than you’re used to) you might feel like your joints are doing a lot of the work, which feels pretty awkward. Given consistency and time, the nerve connection from the brain to the muscles starts to fire and, eventually, the belly of the muscle and all the muscle fibers begin doing the majority of the work. This relieves your joints and protects them from damage down the road. Furthermore, weight-bearing activity stimulates bone cells to regenerate, resulting in the maintenance of strong, dense bones as you age.

6. Independence and function.
As we grow older, the toll our bodies take hormonally + physically from often decreased activity results in a lack of independence in our later years. Many people in their 50s and 60s realize the power strength training has on keeping them agile, strong, and able to function well so they can continue to do the things they love for as long as possible. The cool news is, it’s never too late to start.

As you can see, we kinda really like strength training. In fact, we built a whole business around it and love keeping our members looking awesome with revved up metabolisms, more efficient hearts, more balanced blood sugar levels, boosted moods, protected joints, and independence to enjoy their (strong) everyday life. 

Team Valeo

Oh, and PS – 🙂 Women, if someone tells you lifting weights will make you look bulky ===>
Those energy-producers inside the muscle cells are having a party while the fat cells slug along. Build a body that knows how to party on the inside! 🙂

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