Why Resistance Training is Good For You
I know, us too...but we gotta do it so let's do it smart!
The exercise you were doing in your 20's will be vastly different to what you do in your 40's, 50's and beyond. As we head north of 40 it can be harder to see results, but with a switch up in what you are doing and focusing on how you 'feel' results can be achieved.
Did you know that resistance training has many health benefits, especially as we age! Hormones, menopause and general bone health can all benefit from exercise. Your general gut health also benefits from exercise, crazy right!
Some benefits of resistance exercise are...
- better posture,
- maintaining strength as you age
- improves bone stregth
- decreases the risk of falls
- improves heart health
- promotes greater flexibility
- improved mobility.
- Improved muscle strength
Here's 6 types of resistance training exercises...
- Free weights
Grab some for use at home or try using cans and bottles. can be done at home or in a gym.
- Aqua aerobics
Small group classes can be fun, especially good if load bearing is an issue.
- Weight machines
You can gardually increase weights while also feeling safe.
- Reformer pilates
A great way to target muscles, increase strentgth and get toned, great too for rehab.
- Resistance bands
Hook over a door at home or take them on holidays. A safe and low impact form of exercise.
- Kettle bells/ medicine balls
Workout anywhere, can be used as cardio and resistance exercise, good for testing your balance control.
If running and getting huffy puffy aren't for you then add some resistance exercise into your week, you can do this solo or in a class environment and it can be done in a budget friendly way.
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