As we continue through the new year, people are focusing more on exercise. Many new years resolutions are made involving “getting fit” or “losing weight.” Some people join a gym, while others start exercising at home. Whatever your choice of exercise or setting, it is essential to include resistance training in your exercise routine.
Resistance training is an exercise that causes your muscle to move against resistance. While it can mean lifting weights, it also includes using your own body weight or any other object that adds resistance (bands, balls, blocks, etc.).
In physical therapy, we use resistance training for many patients. Whether someone is recovering from an ACL repair, shoulder pain, or low back pain, resistance training can play an integral part in his or her recovery.
So….what are some benefits of resistance training?