The phrase strength & conditioning is becoming more common outside of the sports world. But did you know that it can benefit everybody?
What is strength & conditioning?
Strength & conditioning is a form of programming designed to optimize an athlete’s performance. It combines various types of training and typically includes strength training, agility training, cardiorespiratory endurance training, mobility training, and activity-specific training.
What is the difference between strength & conditioning?
Strength is all the work to become stronger (think: resistance training) while conditioning is all the work to improve our cardiorespiratory system (think: cardio or higher rep work that keeps our heart rate elevated).
Whether you’re training for your next sports event or to improve a certain area of your life, strength & conditioning can benefit you!
Here are 5 benefits of strength & conditioning:
- Improve heart health. Cardiorespiratory endurance training is an excellent way to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness, which is essentially how well your heart and lungs are doing their job.
- Increase or maintain muscle mass. Muscles are vital in everyday activities, so it’s important to preserve as much as we can. Strength training is a great way to keep using the muscle we already have and build more!
- Improve mood. Studies show that regular, meaningful movement has been shown to improve mood and decrease stress.
- Improve joint mobility and stability. Mobility is the ability to actively take our joints through their full ranges of motion. A combination of mobility and strength training is needed to optimize all of our joints’ mobility and stability!
- Improve quality of life. Being able to do the things we love with ease (and pain-free) is important when it comes to our quality of life. Strength & conditioning helps us incorporate activity-specific training so we can continue to do the things we love most!
If your overall health is a piggy bank, imagine that each of the benefits above is a coin. Each of them contributes to filling your piggy bank, and in turn improves your overall health!
Try a strength & conditioning workout!
If you are ready to incorporate more strength and conditioning into your workout routine, try out Spring Training with KaisaFit, and her all-star team of coaches. This program includes new strength, conditioning, and active recovery workouts a week, for four weeks. Try the first class, and let us know what you think!