What is TRX and What are the Benefits?

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Even if your fitness goal isn’t necessarily to build muscle, you can still improve your overall health through total resistance exercises.  Strength training improves everything from heart health to lowering blood sugar levels.

There’s a common misconception that if you participate in resistance training, your muscles will end up looking bulky, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.  In fact, if your goal is to improve your health on all levels, then strength training is necessary. It’s simply not enough to only opt for aerobic activity. So, let’s take a look at some of the incredible benefits that you’ll enjoy when you incorporate total resistance exercises into your regular fitness routine:          

  1. Improve Cardiovascular Health – Abdominal fat sits in and around your vital organs, including your heart.  So, you can prevent and/or reduce excess abdominal fat through strength exercises to greatly improve your heart health.
  2. Control Blood Sugar Levels – Resistance training is something that’s often recommended to those with Type 2 diabetes because when you build up muscle, you improve its ability to take in and use glucose.  Strength training improves your body’s ability to pick up more glucose from the blood and into muscle, thus decreasing blood sugar levels.
  3. Cut Abdominal Fat – Studies have found that strength training is more effective at cutting abdominal fat than cardiovascular exercise.  Muscle mass is a huge determiner of how many calories your body is able to burn each day to sustain physiologic functions.  So, when you incorporate strength training into your routine, you increase lean muscle mass (in addition to burning calories) which stimulates your metabolism.
  4. Reduce Risk of Cancer – Excess abdominal fat increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes, but it can also promote cancer development, as these fat cells produce high levels of the cancer-triggering protein fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF2).  Muscle mass is a strong predictor of how one might respond to cancer treatment. This is because muscle wasting is one of the more common complications from cancer treatment that can result in chemotherapy toxicity, tumor progression and even lower survival rates.  
  5. Lower Risk of Injury – Healthy, strong muscles are the base of all movement, balance and coordination, which are necessary for injury prevention.  When muscles are weak, more stress is put on your connecting tissues and tendons. And this, unsurprisingly, can result in permanent damage and diagnoses like tendonitis.  
  6. Improved Brain Health – One of the most significant, yet surprising, benefits of incorporating total resistance exercises into your routine is that it can greatly improve brain power over your lifetime.  This is especially true in older adults who suffer from cognitive decline. Basic, daily stretches and aerobic activity while great for your overall health, simply won’t improve brain function on the same level as resistance training.  The key really is that strength training increases blood flow, oxygen and other nutrients to the brain.

One of the greatest benefits of strength training is simply that it can increase your lifespan.  And, who doesn’t want that? Scientists have shown that a person’s strength can actually predict, accurately, death from any cause.  What’s more is that compared to body mass index or BMI, lean muscle mass can better measure a person’s overall health. So, what are you waiting for?  Start incorporating total resistance exercises into your regular fitness routine, and reap the incredible benefits of a healthier body and life.

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