If strength training isn’t already a part of your regular workout routine, it should be. Here’s why:
- Muscle mass diminishes with age. If you don’t work to keep the muscle mass you have, you will slowly lose it, and your body fat percentage will increase. Increased body fat is linked with a long list of chronic diseases and general bad health, so the higher your lean muscle mass is, the better.
- Strength training not only strengthens your muscles; it also strengthens your bones. Your bones lose density as you age, increasing your risk for broken bones and diseases like osteoporosis. You may think osteoporosis is an “old person” disease, but you have to start now to preserve and strengthen the bone you have. Strength training puts stress on the bones that helps them grow stronger.
- Strength training helps control your weight. Muscles burn more calories than fat, even when they are resting, so if you’re aiming to lose weight, beef up those muscles and make them get to work for you, even when you aren’t at the gym!
- Strength training helps reduce the symptoms of chronic conditions. You can find relief from back pain, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments if you incorporate some strength training into your routine.
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to strength training, set up an appointment with one of our personal trainers. We are experts at designing fitness programs that are tailored to your individual needs. Our trainers will be able to show you how to incorporate strength training into your regular workout and demonstrate how to use the equipment, which can be intimidating to some.
It’s never too late to start strength training. Even if you are a senior citizen, it’s a good idea to begin strength training today! In fact, we highly recommend that all of our elderly patrons use this valuable tool to keep them in their best health. Don’t wait; get started with strength training today!