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12 Systems Of The Human body And Strength Training Continued

The write up on the 12 systems is turning out to be  big.  So, I have decided to split the write up.  Below is the first three systems and its relation to strength training with my thoughts.

  Integumentary system

“The integumentary system consists of our skin, nails, and hair.  It would be a stretch to say that strength contributes to this system in any meaningful way.  Although I do see how movement stimulates other systems (such as endocrine) that may indirectly contribute to skin health, we can’t say there’s a direct link between the integumentary system and strength training.”

Scott’s Verdict:  “No, there isn’t any relationship between integumentary system and strength training.”

My rational:  Well on a lighter note, I observe that lifting iron has some connection to hair loss.  Ha!  Jokes apart, I don’t see any connection between them.  However, I see that physical exercise (not only strength training) contributes greatly to the elasticity of the skin.   Physical exercise means more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the skin cells and waste products are removed effectively—which will radiate on the face.  In other words, vigorous physical exercise can be an excellent anti-aging agent.

Skeletal System

“The skeletal system is composed of 206 bones in the adult human body.  There is no question that resistance exercise builds stronger bones and contributes to increased bone mineral density (BMD). Increased BMD helps prevent fractures, especially those that become prevalent in women (or men) who develop osteoporosis or osteopenia.  The improvement of bone health is a major and undisputed benefit of resistance training.”

Scott’s verdict:  “Yes.”

My rational:  I have no doubt whatsoever.  While I was pursuing my 2nd year law I was grievously injured in a road accident.  The doctor who treated me suggested that I need to undergo a shoulder x ray, for my right shoulder was deeply bruised.  Fortunately, there wasn’t any fracture, and the doctor happily suggested that since I was strength training, the strong bones hadn’t succumbed.  On a similar note, I had also met with another road accident where there was a direct impact on the right shoulder.  Luckily, my shoulder was sore for a week and then recovered soon.  I cannot deny that strength training builds strong bones.  Moreover, strength training not only builds strong bones but also provides stronger muscles, which leads to twofold advantage in preventing fractures.  For example, we listen to men complaining that a simple fall on a slippery floor caused them fracture.  Behold!  Strength training is for the rescue.  Strength rules folks!!

Muscular System

“There are hundreds of skeletal muscles in the human body, not to mention cardiac muscle and smooth muscle.  The impact of strength training is most obvious of the muscular system in the following ways:

Develops strength

Builds muscular hypertrophy

Improves muscle tissue quality

Stimulates muscle physiology

Improves rates of muscle firing and activity

Enhances mitochondrial function

The reason most of us train is to get stronger and develop the muscular system to its fullest.  And, as you know now, sarcopenia is the progressive loss of muscle tissue as we age.  We have to do everything we can to slow down this age-related muscle loss.”


Scott’s verdict:  “Yes.”

My rational:  No doubt whatsoever.  I am a living example.   Moreover, several gym clients have derived and continue to get the benefit of strength training.  Of course, strength training develops strength, builds muscular hypertrophy and enhances mitochondrial function.  However, more importantly strength training plays a major role in stabilizing the insulin sensitivity; thereby, contributing majorly in fighting against diabetes.  I will explain further under endocrine system, for the hormone insulin is studied in endocrinology.

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