It might suprice you, but strength training is one of the best ways to stay fit as we age.
But first, what is strenght training?
Well, strength training (also known as weight training or resistance training) is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction, which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, size of skeletal muscles and bone density.
This type of exercise could benefit your heart, improve your balance, strengthen your bones, and help you shed pounds all while making you feel better.
Just two or more months of regular strength training can reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Regular strength training also helps prevent the natural loss of lean muscle mass that comes with aging.
We lose about 45% to 55% of our muscle mass by the time we’re 70.
The consequence of that muscle loss makes us weak and worn out as we age.
Why Strength Training is Good :
- It improves your balance which can help prevent falls and reduce the risk of injury.
- It can help with the prevention and management of diabetes.
- It can increase your metabolism which can help protect you from obesity.
And one of the most exciting parts of strength training is that you can do it with or without weights.
- The leg press is beneficial for working on the lower body.
- The chest press is a good way to work on your chest areas.
- Squats are an inevitable part of any fitness routine.
- Crunches are a good way to work out your abs muscles.
If you’re not quite ready for the gym, start boosting your strength by simply doing a plank and holding it, is easy to do, but also can build strength.
Aging is natural. We can’t stop it. But, we can prevent the side effects of aging.