Working Those Muscles

I’ve certainly learned a lot about Anatomy and working those muscles.  The stereo-typical image of guys building muscle, is them standing there flexing their “Abs”.  As I said earlier this week, the whole idea of muscle building never appealed to me.

Yes I exercised, I kept fit, my muscles were adequate and that’s the thing,  they are.  But in our 50’s we have to work to keep them.  I think I’ve painted a “big scary picture” through my own research of how bad it can get.  I know it really scared me.

But as with a lot of things in the aging process, if we have the knowledge and the motivation there’s a lot we can do to maintain our bodies.   It made me think a lot about the older guys I know, who obviously have, and the guys I know who haven’t.  I’m sure you can think of some too!

Well I know who I want to follow!  And this is going to take a bit of work, but I still want it to be enjoyable.  I think I’ve found, and just started to experience a weight training exercise that will not only build and maintain muscle, but is a great Cardio workout as well.  What am I talking about?

Kettlebell Weight Training!  Am I enthusiastic? You bet.  Will it maintain and build muscle? Yes.  Is it fun? Yes I think so! But you do have to have a discipline.  It’s a free weight exercise and it can be dangerous without proper training.  If you have an old back injury or any kind of problem with your back, you should see your G.P. before attempting this.

If you don’t know what a Kettlebell is, it is a free weight, the size of a bowling ball, with a handle.  And they originate from Eastern Europe, Russia in particular.  In recent years Kettlebell Training has become popular across the World.

The benefit of Kettlebells compared to other free weights, such as Dumb bells, is they utilize your entire body when lifting.  And the exercising also involves Swinging in a controlled way, which will require you to contract several muscle groups at once, in particular – you’ve guessed it, your Core Muscle Group.  And if you’ve been following me this week, you sure know about them by now!

Kettle bell exercising builds strength heightens balance, increases stability.  You can do it by yourself – with training, or in groups.

I’m really excited by this, but as I say I’m just starting out, and you can follow me here.  I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a big part of my exercise routine for the future.

May be you have already experienced Kettlebell training.  If you have please leave a comment below.

I really want to know what you think.

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