The Health Benefits of a properly structured Weight Training Program are enormous, including (but not limited to): Increased strength, muscle mass, endurance, bone and bone mineral density, tendon and ligament strength, flexibility, tone, metabolic rate, and postural support. Insulin sensitivity, GLUT 4 density, HDL cholesterol, improved cardiovascular health and appearance, and decreased body fat, blood pressure, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
The body's basal metabolic rate increases with increased muscle mass, which can promote long-term fat loss.
Weight training also provides functional benefits. Stronger muscles improve posture, provide better support for joints and can reduce the risk of injury from everyday activities.
The benefits of weight training for older people have been confirmed by studies on people who began engaging in it even in their eighties and nineties.
Older people who take up a properly structured weight training program can prevent some of the loss of muscle tissue and bone density that normally comes with age. This type of training can help with regaining functional strength and help prevent osteoporosis.
For people who are in rehabilitation, or have an acquired disability, strength training can play a key factor in optimizing recovery.
Weight training has also been shown to benefit dieters as it inhibits lean body mass loss (as opposed to fat loss) when under a caloric deficit and a proper diet is applied. (See Diet Protocols)
Weight Training – when properly performed – will improve your cardiovascular system. It will also increase levels of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine, thus potentially improving overall mood and counter feelings of depression.
In essence a properly structured Weight Training Program is highly beneficial for many people, male or female, and of any age.