Physical Activity is an Essential Part of Everyday Life
Physical activity is an essential part of everyday life and a cornerstone to maintaining good health. There’s a lot of focus on aerobic exercise and why you should do it, but are you aware of the importance of strength training?
Here’s something to think about. Your muscles are one of the biggest threats to your freedom and independence as you age. Unfortunately, with each passing decade, your muscle mass declines, and building muscle gets more challenging, too. But there is a way to remedy it. You guessed it – strength training.
Let’s take a quick look at what happens as you age:
As you can see, strength training is not just about vanity or building impressive muscles. It offers many physical, mental, and health benefits that go far beyond appearance. In fact, strength training can help:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC), most adults should get at least two days a week of activities that strengthen muscles for all the major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). You can accomplish this in a variety of ways, such as:
There are many ways to strengthen your muscles, whether you’re in the gym or not. If you’d like to start incorporating strength training into your weekly routine, here is some general guidance by age.
Strength training can have a positive impact on your health, and it’s never too late to get started. Before embarking on a new exercise journey, thought, it’s always a good idea to consult your general healthcare provider. Then, start small with body weight and focus on your movement quality. Once that’s in a good place, add weight and build from there. You’ve got this!
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