Strength Training (also known as resistance training) has significant health benefits and truly is an integral component of physical activity for every single person.
In fact, the World Health Organisation says adults between the ages of 18–64 years should perform muscle strengthening activities at least twice a week.
It is a common misconception that you need dumbbells, barbells or other heavy, expensive equipment to carry out strength training.
However, if you don’t have access to these, bodyweight and other equipment including resistance bands can produce the same benefits.
Top 5 Benefits of Strength Training
Strength training is appropriate and beneficial for all ages – from pre-teenagers all the way to the elderly.
1. Increase in muscular strength & endurance
Strength training improves muscle strength and endurance, and put simply, this enhances our tolerance to perform movements.
Whether it’s moving something heavy or something repetitively, strong muscles help to protect our joints from undue stress which can lead to further problems.
Additionally, good levels of strength help to delay the onset of tiredness/fatigue in our muscles, allowing us to do things for longer!
2. Improvement/Maintenance of flexibility & balance
Strengthening our muscles helps to improve and maintain flexibility and balance.
Enhanced balance allows us to be more stable when performing usual tasks during day and improves stability when exercising and/or playing sport. This in turn reduces the risk of injury.
Learn more in our blog about strength training for flexibility.
3. Weight Management
Research supports that resistance training is one of the most effective components in a weight loss program.
4. Improved Bone Health
Resistance training is an excellent way to protect yourself against Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis and other bone disorders.
5. Cognitive & mental health enhancement
Mental health and emotional wellbeing are positively impacted with any physical activity (including strength training), and research supports that the risk of developing mental illness is reduced.
Strength Training Brisbane
Ron Prasad is a Physiotherapist in Brisbane with a strong interest in strength-based training and rehabilitation.
In addition to his Physiotherapy accreditation, he also has further qualifications as a Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Powerlifting Coach.
Ron utilises his expertise to ensure all of his clients receive a tailored strength-based program to assist with their recovery.
He takes into consideration:
- Each person’s stage of injury,
- What facility and/or equipment they have access to,
- Their previous experience with strength training, and
- Their goals for the future.
He also encompasses a variety of other treatment strategies that assist in achieving the client’s goals for mobility and health, including massage, dry needling and joint manipulation.
Are you looking to recover from an injury, or want help to incorporate strength training into your routine? Contact Ron at North West Physiotherapy Everton Park on 3353 4111 to book in a one-on-one consultation.
If a little niggle, or serious injury is stopping you from reaching your potential and performing at your best, then the trusted team at RRP Physiotherapy can help.
We develop customised treatment plans for people of all walks of life and sporting abilities, including professional athletes.
Our team has a strong background in exercise rehabilitation and is obsessed with health and fitness. But rest assured, we also treat non-sporting injuries like workplace injuries, chronic diseases, musculoskeletal imbalances, body stiffness and much more.
We are located at North West Physiotherapy Everton Park – one of North Brisbane’s most reputable Physiotherapy clinics.
RRP Physiotherapy accepts Private Health Insurance (via HICAPS), and bulk-bills WorkCover, DVA (White/Gold Cards) and GP Management Plans (EPCs). Plus, you don’t need a referral to come and see us!