|If you want to get stronger…
Be more physically fit…
Have a faster metabolism…
Protect your bones and joints as you get older…
Then you need to have an appropriate strength training program in place. Strength training is good for everyone. It’s a great way to get stronger, look better, and have more energy—in only a few short sessions each week (20 to 30 minutes tops).
The basis of strength training is this:
You gradually overload your muscles—with weights, bands, dumbbells, or even your own body weight—to get some sort of a change.
It gradually puts stress on your muscles, and makes them stronger and bigger (ladies: Don’t worry about “bulking” up…you have lower levels of testosterone, so you will see more strength than huge gains in muscle).
The benefits of strength training are well documented. You may see:
*Increased muscle mass—as you get older, your muscle mass starts to decrease. Strength training is one of the easiest ways to reverse this trend. In women, strength training may lead to stronger, more defined muscles, so that’s a plus.
*Stronger Bones—as you get older, you may be more likely to suffer broken bones from falls. Strength training, however, places a stress on your bones (not just your muscles), which could improve your bone density.
*Weight Loss—lean mass burns more calories than fat. By increasing your lean muscle mass could lead to burning more calories, which could lead to a leaner, more defined body.
The bottom line is this:
Strength training is one key to losing weight, getting in shape, and getting stronger. If you’re not currently doing a strength training workout, then you should think about starting one.
Strength training may also boost your metabolic rate (your ability to burn fat and lose weight) with just 20 to 30 minutes, three days a week.
If you are confused, or you have any questions on the benefits of strength training, be sure to hit reply and let us know.
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