Resistance, weight or strength training is a form of exercise that involves using external weights, body weights, resistance bands, or other forms of resistance to improve muscle strength, tone, and endurance. Resistance training aims to create resistance against muscle contraction, which helps stimulate muscle growth and increase muscle strength. These exercises target specific muscle groups and are typically performed for multiple sets and repetitions.
Resistance training has been shown to provide a range of health benefits, including increased muscle strength and endurance, and improved bone density, which in turn help to reduce joint pains, osteoporosis, and arthritis. It helps to improve your body composition, increase your metabolism and also improve your cardiovascular health. It helps to prevent or control your diabetes, back pain, as well as your mood and depression.
When starting a resistance training program, it is crucial to start with light weights and gradually increase the resistance over time to avoid injury and maximise the benefits of the exercise. It is also important to give adequate rest - for 48 hours - before exercising the same muscle group again. A healthcare professional or certified personal trainer can help design a resistance training program that is safe and effective for your individual needs and goals.