Strength training is an important part of an overall fitness program. Here’s what strength training can do for you – and how to get started.
Muscle mass naturally diminishes with age.
“If you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, you’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body,” says Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. “But strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass — at any age.”
Strength training also helps you:
- Develop strong bones. By stressing your bones, strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis
- Control your weight. As you gain muscle, your body begins to burn calories more efficiently. The more toned your muscles, the easier it is to control your weight
- Boost your stamina. As you get stronger, you won’t fatigue as easily. Building muscle also contributes to better balance, which can help you maintain independence as you age
- Manage chronic conditions. Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, including back pain, arthritis, obesity, heart disease and diabetes
- Sharpen focus. Some research suggests that regular strength training helps improve attention for older adults (Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier , n.d.)
Strength training does not only provide the aforementioned benefits but it also improves self-image, fosters a sense of empowerment and helps women feel strong – inside and out. At this year’s expo Holly Perkins, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, will share her 3 Step System to Effective Strength Training so that we can maximize the benefits of a strength training program.
Holly Perkins is the author of Lift to Get Lean, she is also the founder of Women’s Strength Nation, and a regular contributor to Women’s Health, Shape, Fitness, SELF, and Prevention magazines. She is on the Westin Wellbeing Council, is the Fitness Ambassador to New Balance, and is the creator of numerous fitness DVD’s including “baladea”. Come to the expo Sat May 2nd and take part on this great seminar & many others that will be held through the day. Hope to see you there.
Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier . (n.d.). Retrieved from Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/strength-training/art-20046670