The Benefits of Resistance Training – an Osteopathic View

Resistance training is a form of exercise where you overcome an external force. This could be dumb-bell weights, resistance bands or your own body weight. Those that participate in resistance training aim to get stronger and generally fitter which will be achieved with the right guidance and training frequency.

In the fitness and power lifting industry they refer to the fundamental movements which apply to resistance training which are: push, pull, hinge, lunge, squat and carry. You probably do some of these on a day-to-day basis without evening realising it unless it causes pain or discomfort. E.g. bending to pick something of the floor (hinge), pushing a heavy door open (push) or carrying bags of shopping (carry).

As part of my treatment plan for patients, some resistance training may be incorporated to build strength and resiliency against these day-to-day strains of life and prevent future problems.

Don’t get scared! Weights don’t need to be weighty.  In fact, working against gravity or your own body weight can be enough to start and gradually built upon. This is often my approach to the rehabilitation of patients from recent injury or helping with pain.

Resistance training is one of many forms of activity that has been found to have the following benefits to our overall health:

  • Reduce muscle wasting
  • Reduce risk of falls and fractures
  • Improves feelings of wellbeing, self-esteem and cognitive function
  • Reduces risk of stroke and heart attack
  • Improves blood sugar and cholesterol status
  • Helps you to continue with normal day activities

If you would like more information about how resistance training can improve your performance or recovery, get in touch.

Nathan the Osteopath