- Increased strength of bones, muscles, and connective tissue (the tendons and ligaments), decreasing the risk of injury.
- Increased muscle mass. Most adults lose about a 1/2 pound of muscle per year after the age of 20. This is largely due to decreased activity. Muscle tissue is partly responsible for the number of calories burned at rest (the basal metabolic rate or BMR). As muscle mass increases, BMR increases, making it easier to maintain a healthy body weight.
- Enhanced quality of life. As general strength increases, the effort required to perform daily routines (carrying groceries, working in the garden) become less taxing.
Strength training, is an important component of a balanced fitness program and you do not need to be a bodybuilder to benefit from it. A well designed strength-training program can provide the following benefits: