Use it or lose it - the benefits of strength training
What's this blog about? Well we've all heard the above expression but I'm talking in particular about muscle loss. As we age we start to lose muscle mass (from around the age of 40) and the amount we lose increases the older we get. However, we don't have to accept this and waste away into frail elderly beings! No, what we can do is build strength training into our lives to combat the muscle loss, which in turn can help us become less frail as we grow older and mean we would be less likely to suffer from falls which can lead to serious injury in old age. Strength training can also help with arthritis, as exercise can keep the muscles around the joint strong. You could use resistance machines at the gym or free weights such as dumbbells or kettlebells or you could simply use your own bodyweight, with exercises such as squats, lunges and press ups. Another benefit of weight bearing exercise is that it can increase bone density, keeping the bones strong and help fight against osteoporosis. If your Dr gives you the ok then why not build some strength training into your week and prevent that muscle loss and strengthen those bones! Strength training can help keep you younger for longer!