Aging is an inevitable process that hits all of us. I wish I could say that with each passing day, we only grow younger! Well, at the very least, we can take actions that help us to feel younger and more fit on a daily basis. This is where a good dose of strength training comes in to help us out.
One sure way to keep feeling as amazing as possible is to do everything you can to remain in your best shape. As you get older, it’s more important than ever to take care of your health and stay active for as long as possible. The great news is that you can maintain and even improve your physical condition with strength training. There are many reasons as to why strength training is so important to keep up with as you get older. Here are just a few:
You Will Lessen Your Chances of High Blood Pressure
If you develop and keep up with a proper strength training routine you have a good chance of reducing your blood pressure, as strength training makes the heart stronger and forces it to pump blood more efficiently. Just as with anything, the more you practice, the more a natural rhythm is set into motion. Blood pressure has a knock-on effect on many other areas of health, too.
You are Less Likely to Suffer at the Hands of Your Daily Activities
If you keep up with strength training as you age you will be able to keep up with doing things like daily chores, getting the groceries and even something as simple as taking a shower. This is also known as ‘functional fitness’. It is empowering to know that you are able to keep up with not only the demands of daily tasks, but the things you do just for fun as well! These are all things that can mean a lot to people who worry about losing their independence and competency.
You Have the Fabulous Opportunity to Continue to Build Muscle
Did you know that people lose on average five to seven pounds of muscle every decade after they turn twenty? It’s shocking – but it’s true. It is important to develop a proper strength training routine so you can avoid muscle loss and work on building it instead. And this is possible, even if you are quite a few years past twenty and are only just getting started! Because anything is possible.
You Will Expend Those Unwanted Calories
Strength training will help you to be able to effectively burn more calories. Set yourself into the routine that works best for you, and you will have this for life. As you progress, you can use this established routine as a springboard to leap from into new things! This also means that you will have much more success with shedding any unwanted weight in the long term.
Tips for Beginning Your Strength Training Program:
- Always, always get advice from your preferred health professional before you start.
- If you are just starting out, then you should start with training two days a week with a day of rest in between. Then you can add a third day to challenge yourself!
- Be sure to pay close attention to proper form when doing exercises. This way you will help to prevent the setbacks that come with injury by doing an exercise incorrectly. Slow and steady wins the race, as they say!
- Bear in mind that when you are strength training it should never cause you pain. If you experience any pain stop right away. Learn to distinguish the difference between the ache of a working muscle and the pain of an overworked one. ‘No pain, no gain’ does not always apply!
No matter what age you are, it’s never too late to incorporate strength training into your fitness routine – you just need to be willing to adapt it according to your specific needs and individual circumstances, and get the OK from your health professional. Making sure that your body stays strong will be helping to maintain your independence – and your health on every level – for many years to come.