Strength training is an important part of any persons life, and should be done throughout most of it (from late teens onwards of course!). A lot of the time when people think of “strength” training , they automatically think bodybuilders, or professional athletes. However, this would be like comparing all people who drive a car to formula one drivers! Everyone can be at their own level, but it is equally important for all of them to be working to maintain a strong body.
More and more people these days lead lives that are full of inactivity, both at work and at home. This eventually leads to your muscles deterioration, which, mind you. Will slowly happen anyway as we get older (as in much older!). Once we reach around thirty, our muscle tissue and bone density begin to decrease, which can lead to increased risk of injury, joint pain and falls. Strength training can assist with slowing this process while we age, and can reverse the process if it has already started at a younger age!
When you train your muscles, you are effectively putting stress on them. This causes our body to adapt and become better at handling that stress, which results in stronger muscles, tendons and ligaments. As a further result of this, plus light impact training, our bones also increase in density to help support the stronger, tighter muscles that are around them!
While this may seems like the obvious benefit to strength training, there are more and more as we get older! 3 of the best benefits that older people get are maintaining full functionality of their limbs, reduced injury through normal, daily activities, and reduced (and sometimes full prevention!) onset of chronic diseases.
My recommendation for all people is to try to do strength training 2-3 times per week, with a focus on different muscle groups in each session. This is to make sure you are training your entire body, but not fatiguing your system and depleting your energy stores completely. It is important to make sure you are doing everything right, and a Personal Trainer can help immensely with that! Along with this, a healthy diet is also extremely important. For more ideas for healthy meals to go through your week, you can subscribe to my weekly newsletter, which comes with healthy recipes and exercise tips! To get this, along with a free training plan and basic meal guide, make sure to go HERE!