@thesquarebit that’s fantastic progress!
Yeah, I just scanned my original article, it was a great summary of losing weight through weight training. But there are many other benefits to strength training. Like you said, you just feel stronger. Those little aches and pains begin to diminish.
I remember that I suffered from a leg muscle injury followed by a fairly sedentary lifestyle for 10 years…it never healed, my leg still felt weak while doing certain movements. After a few months of strength training, that injury completely healed.
I notice now how I squat all the time to pick things up, retrieve things from lower cupboards, and it’s a natural movement. Before I was in shape, squatting really was a chore.
My knee has had, and still has once in a while a bit of a dull pain when I bend it for prolonged periods. I’d like to say that strength training has healed that all up as well, but it hasn’t entirely. But the interesting thing is - logic would dictate “Oh, I have a bad knee, better not put any stress on it.” But I find that squatting actually helps it feel better. The reason being that done properly it doesn’t put excessive stress on the knee, it strengthens the muscles around the knee to better support it.
The process of strength training is essentially breaking the body down and allowing it to recover and grow even stronger. The kind of stress you’re getting during strength training isn’t just muscular, it’s neuromuscular as well. As I point out in this blog article, there are all sorts of benefits to your body - keeping it more healthy and young. You can actually ward off conditions like arthritis and even dementia.
That’s the wonderful thing about resistance training, done properly it gets you functionally stronger to live a better life.