Strength Training – Why You Need To Do It

Strength Training – Why you need to do it…If you follow me this week I’m going to cover everything I’ve discovered about Strength Training and why like me, if you’ve never done it before you need and must make it part of your exercise routine in your 50’s.

I must admit this was an area of exercise I never gave much thought to.  And never did any as part of my exercise routine when I was younger.

What is strength exercising?  Strength exercising is a way of developing the different muscle groups of the body to maintain and build more muscle.

Generally from the age of 25 our bodies slowly start to lose some muscle mass.  In our 50’s this can significantly increase if we have a lifestyle where we are not very active.  And from the age of 65 onwards this loss of muscle can become very debilitating.

Lack of strength severely impairs our ability to look after ourselves.  Our balance can be greatly affected, leaving us vulnerable to falls and injuries which in some cases we can never really recover from.  Well the good news is we can do something about it.

Strength Training involves using some sort of Weight.  This can be done using your own body weight, Weight Machines, or as I’m beginning to discover Free Weights.

As I said at the start of this Blog, weight training never appealed to me, but I realised as I got older that my normal fitness routine was not enough to maintain my fitness.

I didn’t really know where to start with this one.  I went to my local Gym and tried out the various machines, but I couldn’t generate any enthusiasm, it just felt like hard work, a real chore!  No “buzz”.

But we’re all different.  There were people there who were obviously enjoying it, and getting the results they wanted.  But it wasn’t for me.

So I looked at other ideas for ways that I could make strength training something that would be enjoyable and that I wanted to do.  Well!  Strength Training – Why You Need To Do It- I’ll tell you more tomorrow….

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