On Day 32, I wrote about what I like to do when working out. I mentioned running, yoga and weight training. Today I'd like to concentrate on weight or strength training. Strength training is the number-one way to build more muscle. By doing strength training you are actually helping your body in numerous ways. You will burn more calories throughout the day, have better posture, help fight against Diabetes, Heart Disease and Osteoporosis (Trust me, it's NOT milk that does a body good, it is exercise)
In an article for Everyday Health, Chris Iliades, MD explains the benefits. To read the article in its entirety click on this link: http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness/add-strength-training-to-your-workout.aspx
"Strength training translates to more calories burned.
You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories after strength training, a process called "physiologic homework." More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and in fact strength training can boost your metabolism by 15 percent — that can really jumpstart a weight loss plan."
Of course, I believe that any strength training plan should include a certified trainer. Your trainer will be able to give you a routine that works your muscles properly in a specific order that is best for body function and your trainer will be able to show you the proper form for each exercise. Ensuring that you will not injure yourself. They will be able to support you not only as you do the workouts physically but they will be able to encourage and support you emotionally pushing you when needed pulling you back if necessary.
Trainer Zachary Miller at https://www.lifestylefitnessandmassagetherapy.com states "when I program a workout routine my main goal is to offset gravity and muscle imbalances and to improve strength levels. In life we work generally on the front (anterior) side of our body. By working the back side of our body more frequently we will offset the negative effects of gravity and poor posture. Additionally, when working your back (posterior) you can help ease neck, back and shoulder pain. By adding massage bi-montly you can alleviate tension patterns in your muscles, allow for further range of motion in your daily activities, calm your central nervous system and reduce stress levels. Overall the best lifestyle for good health will include strength training, massage, cardio and a diet filled with colorful fruits and vegetables."
I think it is clear that our bodies need to be moving our entire lifetime. As I conclude "body" tomorrow I will talk more about that, but for today I will finish up with this quote from FitWomenover40.com "I will not let age change me, I will change the way I age"
Wishing you Grace, Peace & Healthy Living,