The Importance of Strength and Endurance Training

By Martial Artist Angel Redondo of www.maspethmartialarts.com in conjunction with Fitness Author Joshua Zitting

More often then not you will find individuals who start into fitness or sports and their main focus is purely to gain strength.   While this is important for a number of reasons, one of the key factors that tends to be overlooked is endurance.  You will come to find that pure strength doesn’t have much use in everyday life without endurance right by its side.  Strength and endurance training has incredible health benefits as well.  It will help keep you healthy and fight off illness as well as control a normal healthy weight.

It has also been found that for individuals that create and follow a strength and endurance routine and stick to it not only live with a better quality of life but have a better overall image of self.  Having a healthy body and healthy mind only lends to better overall happiness.  The other reason is that everything in fitness is measurable, therefore it’s easy to track results.  Individuals who track their results stick to their programs longer, and have a happier outlook on continuing the program.

Health Benefits of Strength and Endurance Training include:

Helps Manage Weight

Building strength and muscle mass will not only tone your body but will help you burn fat more efficiently increasing your overall metabolic rate.

Improves Strength

Lifting weights, or even body weight exercises will give you stronger muscles and joints.  This will not only increase your physical endurance but the overall functionality of your body.

Improves Insulin Sensitivity

Diabetes can be controlled or prevented through proper use of strength and endurance training due to the fact that it improves your sensitivity levels to insulin.  Having muscle mass helps with the storage of glucose and helps keep your body from spiking too high or low.

Improves Balance

When strengthening muscles and doing exercises that improve stability and endurance you will improve your overall balance.   Proper balance and coordination is important not only if you play sports but also for those of you older generations.   Endurance and strength training will help slow muscle loss as you age.

Builds Stronger Bones

Osteoporosis can become a problem as we age, and strength and endurance training can help slow this process or stop it completely.  Lifting weights help to promote cell growth in bones and helps increase bone density.

Other Benefits

Other Benefits of Endurance and Strength training Include:

  • Having a better self image
  • Improved body composition
  • Injury prevention
  • Increased mental health
  • Better posture

Myth Buster   –  For all the Ladies!

Lifting weights will not make you put on too much muscle mass.  It’s not going to make you bulky or bigger or slow.  Lifting weights is the fastest way to tone up and burn fat.   What will happen by lifting weights with strength and endurance training is you will build lean muscle that will help you burn fat more efficiently.

Now with all this information nothing can happen until you put it into action.  The key with strength and endurance training is to have a plan.  If you are new to training then maybe get a certified personal trainer that can help you get going.   It’s important to put the excuses away and find the time that works best for you and your lifestyle.  The best part of strength and endurance training is that once you get going, it just gets easier.  Building up your endurance will only allow you to work out longer and harder.  Once you build up your endurance, not only will your muscles work more effectively but so will your metabolism.  This is a win win situation for anyone who is either just starting into fitness or simply looking to change things up.  Which is why I believe that strength and endurance training is not only for everyone, but should be a priority.

Thanks again to my good buddy and Martial Artist Angel Redondo of www.maspethmartialarts.com for putting this together with me!