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The Benefits of Resistance Training

We’ve all been there: you know you should go to the gym today, but work was challenging. Your home life is demanding, and you feel as if you hardly have a moment to think, let alone to consider your physical fitness. Somehow the days stack up, and before you know it, you’re not in the same shape you used to be.

Did you know that you don’t need to hit the gym every day to stay in shape? Performing resistance training exercises 2-3 times per week activates large muscle groups and involves your entire body. Resting days in between give your body the recovery time that’s just as vital as your workout time. These exercise routines can be done with dumbbells, exercise bands, bricks, your own body weight or anything else that will contract your muscles.

Skip the Medicine; Go for Resistance Training

Resistance training can be completed in shorter times, with a maximum of 30-40 minutes needed during each session. It has been shown to improve muscle mass across all age groups as well as increase growth hormone levels, which has several advantages:

  • Boost your energy and immunity
  • Enhance your appearance
  • Improve your sleeping patterns
  • Increase your sex drive
  • Promote weight loss
  • Slow the ageing process

With resistance training, you can also prevent injury, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and Type II diabetes, as well as fight off cardiovascular disease and shed unwanted weight. As an addition to your daily aerobic exercises and biweekly flexibility exercises, you’ll experience an overall higher quality of life.

The Importance of Movement for Seniors

More than 50% of women over 65 who break a hip due to a fall will never walk again. If your muscles are strengthened prior to such an injury, you may be more likely to recover and return to your normal function. Additionally, studies show that older patients with Type II diabetes who participated in a conditioning program saw their muscle strength increase by 31%. Resistance training may help you stay vital and resilient well into your golden years!

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