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11 Benefits of Strength Training That Have Nothing to Do With Muscle Size
Dr. Adam Rivadeneyra, a sports medicine physician with Hoag Orthopedic
Institute, recently sat down with US News & World Report to talk about
all the perks of strength training. Ever wonder why its popular? Or if
it's for you? Read more here:
Here are some
5. Lowered injury risks. "Having a good muscle base is important for all movement, balance,
coordination and injury prevention," explains Dr. Adam Rivadeneyra,
a sports medicine physician with Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine,
California. "If a muscle is too weak, it puts more stress on its
connecting tendon and can result in tendonitis."
7. Improved flexibility and mobility. It's time to rethink your
stretching routine. Results from a 2017 study in the journal Isokinetics and Exercise Science
show that strength training improves flexibility in both men and women.
A previous 2006 North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy study
suggests that eccentric strength exercises may provide the biggest benefit,
improving hamstring flexibility twice as well as static stretching. Eccentric
exercises are any that emphasize muscle lengthening, rather than shortening.
Example exercises might include the lowering phase of a squat or raising
the bar during a lat pull-down, Rivadeneyra says.
9. Osteoporosis prevention and management. Strong bodies have
strong bones, with strength training significantly increasing bone mineral density,
Rivadeneyra says. He explains that any weight-bearing exercise in which
you're standing and gravity is pulling down on your body lightly stresses and
strengthens the bones and muscles. Plus, every time a muscle contracts, it pulls on the bones it's attached
to, which stimulates the cells within the bone to produce structural proteins
and move minerals into the bone, he says.