Beat Fatigue with Strength Training
One of the most common excuses women give for not exercising is, “I’m too tired.” But ironically, lack of exercise is one of the biggest contributors to fatigue. Although you may feel a little tired right after your exercise routine, a full body workout is great for boosting energy levels long after you leave the gym. Engaging in a fitness program that includes strength training helps to keep you fit and healthy and will increase your energy levels overall. Plus, strength training is a vital part of a weight loss fitness plan. 1
How Strength Training Helps Boost Energy
There are a few reasons why strength training is a critical part of exercise for energy. Here are some of the most important:
Strength training boosts positive energy. Both strength training and aerobic workouts increase levels of endorphins, chemicals that help reduce pain and make you feel good. Endorphins are responsible for the “runner’s high,” or the feelings of joy and relaxation you may feel after engaging in an intense energizing workout. Exercising alongside supportive women just like you will boost your energy even higher. 2
Strength training helps oxygen circulate throughout your body. When your body functions with maximum oxygen, it uses energy efficiently, and you feel your best. Because it improves circulation, a full body exercise plan that includes an aerobic workout and strength training will boost heart health. Regular physical activity helps build your endurance, which makes you stronger, more energetic, and better able to get through your busy day. 3
Strength training helps you get your ZZZs. Strength training helps you sleep better at night. When you complete a resistance training routine you burn off stored energy, which helps you fall asleep faster at the end of the day and get better quality sleep. And when you’re well rested, you have more energy during the day. 4
Regular exercise helps you become mentally fit. When you think about activities that exercise your brain, you probably imagine reading a book or doing a crossword puzzle, not hitting the gym. But moving your body is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your mind. Not only do the endorphins your body releases during an aerobic workout make you feel good and more energized, they sharpen your thinking too. Studies show engaging in a regular full body workout that includes both aerobic exercise and resistance training like the Curves Circuit improves memory and focus. 5
If you’re feeling sluggish, Curves can help. At Curves, we specialize in helping women exercise to help boost energy. Curves 30-minute full body workout includes the perfect combination of strength training and an aerobic workout. The low-impact, hydraulic resistance machines are designed to challenge women at all fitness levels. The lively, positive atmosphere at Curves will help keep you engaged, motivated, and on track. Plus, our circuit training workouts are led by a Curves Coach who will guide you through your workouts and help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Your Curves Coach is there to lead you through every gym workout. With your Curves Coach success is within reach. Visit ‘Why Curves’ to find out more about Curves women’s only gyms and our full body workout on the Curves Circuit, or find your local Curves and sign up today!
- Minimal resistance training improves daily energy expenditure and fat oxidation – PMC (nih.gov)
- Exercising to Relax – Harvard Health Publishing – Harvard Health
- Exercise and your arteries – Harvard Health
- Exercising for Better Sleep | Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Effects of Physical Exercise on Cognitive Functioning and Wellbeing: Biological and Psychological Benefits – PMC (nih.gov)