The Benefits of Training Year-Round

Greetings!  As many Crested Butte locals have noticed, this is day 2 of snow, sleet, sun, repeat (and that's "repeat"seven times per day!).  It's humid outside and very wet and sends chills straight through to your bones.  When you walk your dog you get pelted in the face with sideways snow while mud splashes up on the back of your pants from the muddy roads.  Days like today can make even the most motivated person want to snuggle under a warm blanket, sip hot cocoa, and mentally check-out for a while.  Ahhhhh...that sounds nice, doesn't it? 

The feelings we have this time of year can be challenging as we battle gray days and bizarre weather, and it's easy to forget the benefits of strength and cardio training when you are considering hibernation.  This article is to highlight several reasons why training year-round should inspire us to get to the gym and just keep moving! 

HEALTH

  • Reduces risk of diabetes and insulin needs.
  • Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Lower high blood pressure.
  • Lowers risk of breast cancer - reduces high estrogen levels linked to the disease.
  • Decreases or minimizes risk of osteoporosis by building bone mass.
  • Reduces symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Decreases colds and illness.

STRENGTH

Increased muscle strength, power, and endurance. Enhanced performance of everyday tasks. You will be able to do everyday tasks like lifting, carrying and walking up-stairs with greater ease.

FLEXIBILITY

By working the muscles through a full range of motion, weight training can improve your overall body flexibility. Increased flexibility reduces the risk of muscle pulls and back pain.

LIKELIHOOD OF INJURY

Strong muscles, tendons and ligaments are less likely to give way under stress and are less likely to be injured. Increased bone density and strength reduces back and knee pain by building muscle around these areas.

BODY COMPOSITION

Boosted metabolism (which means burning more calories in a state of rest). Reduced body fat. Your overall weight may not change, but you will gain muscle and lose fat. Over time you should notice decreases in waist measurements and bodyfat measurement.

MUSCLE TONE

The conditioning effect will result in firmer and better-defined muscles.

POSTURE

The way you sit and stand are influenced by the health of a network of neck, shoulder, back, hip and abdominal muscles. Stronger muscles can help you stand and sit straighter and more comfortably. Improved balance and stability.

STATE OF MIND

As you begin to notice the positive physical changes in your body and develop a regular exercise routine your ability to handle stress effectively will improve. Weight training allows you to sleep better, i.e. fall asleep quicker and sleep deeper. Studies have shown regular exercise to be one of the three best tools for effective stress management.

 

In closing, make it a priority to improve your personal health, and commit to training in the gym year-round.  After-all no one else will do it for you!!  

*Much of the content in this post comes from bodybuilder.com.