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Achieving Hormonal Harmony
Maintaining hormonal balance is crucial for both men and women, and strength training emerges as a powerful ally in this pursuit. According to Jade Teta, ND, an integrative physician, “Strength training creates hormonal changes that help both men and women burn fat while maintaining or gaining muscle.”
One significant benefit of strength training is its impact on testosterone and estrogen hormones. By engaging in regular strength training exercises, you can regulate these hormones and restore their balance. Additionally, strength training stimulates the release of human growth hormone, a vital component in muscle building and fat burning.
The connection between belly fat and low testosterone is well-documented. As we age, testosterone levels naturally decline, leading to an increase in abdominal fat. Body fat houses an enzyme called aromatase, responsible for converting testosterone into estrogens. Higher estrogen levels trigger a feedback loop that inhibits testosterone production. However, by incorporating strength training into your routine, you can counteract this trend and maintain optimal hormone levels.
Unlocking Blood Sugar Balance
The quest for anti-aging has revealed a powerful revelation: the addition of muscle and reduction of fat can be a preventative measure against diabetes. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, plays a vital role in regulating glucose (blood sugar) levels in the body. However, for those carrying excess weight, insulin’s delicate balance can be disrupted. When there is an abundance of glucose, insulin works tirelessly to clear it from the bloodstream, often storing the excess as body fat.
Enter strength training—a game-changer in blood sugar equilibrium. Muscles act as reservoirs for glucose, storing it for future use. During strength training sessions, your muscles become active furnaces, burning through blood sugar and effectively removing glucose from circulation.
Supporting this notion, research findings have provided solid evidence. Individuals who engaged in resistance exercises one hour before meals experienced notable improvements:
|Enhanced body’s utilization of glucose to reduce blood sugar (increased insulin sensitivity)
|Slowed release of glucose into the bloodstream after eating, preventing sharp spikes
By incorporating strength training into your routine, you can proactively manage blood sugar levels, potentially staving off diabetes and promoting longevity.
Cracking the Code of Longevity
The evidence supporting the link between resistance strength training and increased lifespan stems from extensive population-wide surveys encompassing tens or even hundreds of thousands of individuals. The benefits are profound, as resistance training has the potential to add precious years to your life.
A comprehensive review conducted by Japanese researchers in 2022 showcased the power of “muscle-strengthening activities” in reducing the risk of mortality from any cause. The review revealed a remarkable 15% lower risk of death associated with regular resistance exercise. Furthermore, engaging in resistance training was also linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (17%), cancer (12%), and diabetes (17%).
Intriguingly, emerging evidence highlights the positive impact of resistance training on brain health. Studies have unveiled a significant relationship between cognitive function and measures of muscular strength and muscle mass. Engaging in resistance training may trigger beneficial neurobiological processes that are pivotal for healthy aging and improved brain function.
Moreover, the addition of lean tissue and muscle mass not only contributes to longevity but also aids in weight loss. Muscles are metabolically active and burn more calories than fat. Each pound of muscle can torch approximately 30 calories per day. At Blitz45 Fitness, we utilize advanced body composition measures to accurately assess muscle mass, lean tissue, and fat. It’s important to shift our focus from solely relying on weight on the scale, as muscle weighs more than fat but takes up significantly less space. By understanding our actual body composition, we can gauge true fat loss progress.
By embracing the power of resistance strength training, we can unlock the path to a longer, healthier, and more vibrant life.
Movement is medicine, and Strength Training for Life unlocks the key to longevity and holistic health. Experience the transformative power that nourishes your mind, body, and soul.
Derek L. Riley
President/Chief Growth Officer
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