Friday, March 29, 2013
STRENGTH TRAINING IS FOR EVERY BODY Strength training is an integral part of a well-rounded exercise program, and is recommended for both sexes of all ages..... The intensity of your resistance training can achieve a number of beneficial changes in your body, which will also help slow down (and many cases stop) many of the diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Strength training has a beneficial impact on: strength and muscle mass, body composition, blood lipids, bone density, cardiorespiratory fitness, and gene expression. STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WOMEN Strength training needs to be part of your weekly exercise routine. Remember as we age we lose muscle mass. With strength training you can get back muscle mass and tone and strengthen the body. This in turn will increase your metabolic rate and burn more calories. Strength training doesn’t have to be heavy weight lifting. Instead try doing resistance band exercises or dumbbell exercises. These methods of strength training provide enough resistance to effectively build lean muscles. Find other ways to become more active in addition to structured exercise. Do gardening during the spring and summer months, take up riding bikes with the grandkids or get your significant other out for some dancing out on the town. PER DR MERCOLA Research has shown that strength training in the elderly reversed oxidative stress and returned gene expression in 179 genes to a more youthful level, making them 10 years “younger”. Ideally, you’ll want to include a variety of exercises for a well-rounded fitness regimen. Strength training is an important component as it’s the number one way for you to remain strong, young, and independent well into old age.