I tell you, and I keep telling you: fitness is good for you! But what exactly are its benefits? Why should you get into fitness?
Fitness to gain breath
If you have already done fitness sessions or exercises at home, you have surely observed it: fitness is tiring. You have to keep the rhythm and do the exercises.
Have you noticed how difficult the exercises were at the start and are much easier today?
If you recover faster, it’s because fitness exercises your body and teaches it to regulate its breath.
Fitness can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and limit the cardiovascular risks.
In fact, in China, fitness has moved into the field of public health, and the state is increasing the number of fitness facilities in public spaces.
Fitness for flexibility
Certainly, you are not going to do the splits after a few fitness sessions, but without realizing it, your body will gradually gain flexibility. The fitness exercises make you work the tendons, the joints, the ligaments, and, by dint of exercising and repeating the same gestures, your body will become more flexible, and your movements will be ampler.
Fitness for concentration
Fitness requires concentration because it requires coordination in movement.
You should be able to lift your left foot and your right hand at the same time.
For these purposes, although you may not realize it, your brain must work to coordinate your sports choreography.
Fitness to stay Zen
We will not stop telling you: sport releases endorphins and helps release tension.
As such, fitness as a sport brings you peace and tranquility.
Nothing better after a day of work than meeting up to do your exercises.
What’s more, when you practice this indoor sport, you have the opportunity to meet new people and bond!
Fitness to lose weight
Like all sports, fitness eliminates calories!
What is more, it is designed to work on specific parts of the body, where fat often settles. In addition to having a good time, it is also away.
We can list the importance of fitness in the various stages of life:
In adolescents: bodybuilding promotes bone and muscle growth
It should be understood that strength training is positive for individuals of all ages, including adolescents. A common idea suggests that strength training could slow growth, that the loads used and muscle development would stop bone growth.
This claim is completely wrong and no serious scientific study has been able to justify it. Indeed, muscle building in adolescents, when used with all the precautions that are required, has even proven to be positive for bone and muscle growth in adolescents.
Muscle, when trained, strengthens joints, bones, and tendons, preventing common injuries and stimulating the body to grow. In no case does this stop growth. The interest of the adolescent who practices bodybuilding is above all to strengthen. Between 14 and 17 years old it is not necessarily useful to seek muscle mass and it may not be advisable to use heavy loads which increases the risk of injury. So, training with bodyweight, with a set of exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, abs exercises, and possibly some dumbbell exercises is a very good initiative.
Strength training is not contraindicated in adolescents if it is done with care. On the contrary, it would promote bone and muscle growth.
Around the age of 17-18, it is possible to turn to a more complete training with the use of bars, weights, and various devices available in the gym. The human body responds extremely well to efforts related to bodybuilding, the only obligation is to train in a progressive manner and adapted to his age, his sporting level, and his physical capacities. The teenager who starts bodybuilding should in no case be placed for example under a squat bar and try heavy series. The addition of new exercises, weight, and intensity must be slow and gradual, you must acquire the technique and prepare your body for the various efforts by strengthening it. Under the respect of these conditions, the adolescent is able to practice and can undertake to build muscles without risk.
In adults: bodybuilding promotes bone health
So in adolescents, bodybuilding can contribute to bone growth but what are its effects for adults? Well, strength training helps prevent the decline in total bone mass in aging men. Indeed, as we age, the body tends to decrease its bone mass, weight training helps to counter this effect and therefore to have better longevity and better bone health.
In order to contribute effectively to this process, it is important to start a lifestyle and a diet that is also conducive to good health. Have sufficient intakes of energy, as well as micro and macronutrients. In particular, watch your protein, calcium, and vitamin D intake, the building blocks.
Strength training for better cardiovascular health
A factor often is forgotten and yet, bodybuilding is primarily a sport like any other. It allows you to exercise physically and to work the heart. When training is adequate, strength training can help improve the cardiovascular system.
Strength training can be done with an intensity that promotes important cardiovascular work and therefore improved health. Among the bodybuilding practices that contribute to this, we think in particular of cross-training (CrossFit being the best-known brand of this discipline) which consists of mixing bodybuilding phases with cardio phases.
Weight training in long series helps to develop muscular endurance and to a certain extent cardiovascular endurance. Think in particular of the leg work often carried out in long series where you are completely out of breath at the end of the series. Apply this logic of long series to many other exercises and you will definitely work on cardio.
Finally, working in the form of circuit training with a series of exercises and very short rest times is extremely effective. This is similar to supersets, namely to complete a series of an exercise and immediately follow with a series of another exercise. For example, perform a series of pull-ups, followed immediately by a series of dips (back pumps used to build arms), then a series of extension flexes. Take 1 minute 30 minutes of rest and do this circuit again.
Strength training to prevent back pain and injury
Among the other benefits related to bodybuilding in adults, we can also cite the reduction of back pain. It may seem trivial but it is an evil that affects several million people in the world. Whether it’s temporary or recurrent, weight training can help prevent it. In fact, studies have shown that the strengthening of the abdominal and back muscles (trapezius, dorsal, erector of the spine) contributes to maintaining the spine and improving posture, thus reducing the risk of motion sickness.
By strengthening the abdominal (lumbar) belt and back muscles, strength training helps prevent back pain and decreases the risk of injury.
It should also be noted that the gains in strength and endurance linked to functional exercises also make it possible to avoid daily injuries and pain. Functional exercises are bodybuilding exercises that can be linked to movements carried out in everyday life (eg picking up something from the ground, lifting something heavy, pulling, pushing, etc.). Among the functional exercises, we can notably mention the squat (action of bending the legs than going up), the bench press (action of pushing a load in front of you), or the deadlift (picking up something from the ground). All of these exercises make it possible to improve the gesture and the holding, as well as to strengthen the muscles linked to the movement.
More muscular and stronger
No surprise here, bodybuilding of course allows you to develop muscle mass. The enlargement caused by training involves the development of muscle fibers so that they are larger and more resistant week after week. Adequate strength training is therefore a source of muscle growth and physical development.
For this, it is important to start a program that is adapted to your sporting level and your goal. It’s about finding the right balance and the right training frequency to stimulate the muscle enough to grow while leaving the body enough rest between sessions so that it can recover effectively and not be in a situation of overtraining.