50 Ways to Stay Well #14- Strength Training

Strength training is a key component of overall health and fitness for everyone. Did you know that lean muscle mass naturally diminishes as you age? Strength training is an important part of preserving your muscle mass.

Strength training may also help you:

  • Develop strong bones. By stressing your bones, strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Manage your weight. Strength training can help you manage or lose weight, and it can increase your metabolism to help you burn more calories.
  • Enhance your quality of life. Strength training may enhance your quality of life and improve your ability to do everyday activities. Building muscle also can contribute to better balance and may reduce your risk of falls. This can help you maintain independence as you age.
  • Manage chronic conditions. Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, such as arthritis, back pain, obesity, heart disease, depression and diabetes.
  • Sharpen your thinking skills. Some research suggests that regular strength training and aerobic exercise may help improve thinking and learning skills for older adults.

If the words ‘strength training’ conjure up images of Arnold Swarzennegar body builder types- don’t be fooled. Strength training can be done at home or in the gym and there are other ways than pumping iron.

The most common strength training exercises include:

  • Body weight. You can do many exercises with no equipment, just your body. Try pushups, pullups, abdominal crunches and leg squats.
  • Resistance tubing. Resistance tubing is inexpensive, lightweight tubing that provides resistance when stretched. You can choose from many types of resistance tubes in nearly any sporting goods store.
  • Free weights. Barbells and dumbbells are classic strength training tools. (These are Arnold’s favourite)
  • Weight machines. Most fitness centers offer various resistance machines.

RESOURCES

U Leth Sports & Rec offer several strength training programs!

SportChek Fitness Training Equipment

ARTICLES

7 Reasons to Add Strength Training to Your Workout Routine

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 8 Best Training Principles

The Importance of Strength Training for Women

2 Comments

  • Catherine April 24, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Dang gurl, look at those guns!!

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    • Rachel April 25, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Ha ha! Full disclosure, this was taken a couple years ago. I have been MAJORLY slacking in the weight training department!

      Reply

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