To keep your body strong always train and eat in a balanced way!
Did you know that muscle strength is essential to:
- keep your metabolism active?
- maintain a good posture?
- prevent or slow down osteoporosis?
- give stability to arthritic joints?
- maintain a good balance and prevent falls?
- keep the strength needed for your daily activities (walking, climbing stairs, getting in and out of a car, carrying grocery bags…)?
A strong body gives you freedom to do everything you like and usually feels less painful in general.
To be effective, this type of training should work on all the muscles of the body. Here are some of the exercises involved in strength training: machines, weights, medicine balls, resistance bands, kettle bells, Pilates, suspension training, stability ball, combination exercises, plyometric… Once your body is strong enough, then we start doing the fun stuff: we build balance and coordination with full-body exercises. This way your body becomes stronger and stays functional.
However, using machines and lifting weights can get boring over time. The key to success is to change the exercise program every 3-6 weeks. The movements will change with time, become more challenging and more interesting. Free weight full body exercises are the best because they mimic the moves that we would do during our day life.
To live and age well, strength training is essential and should be done 1 or 2 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes.
With our busy lives, it is not always easy to be physically active, but the way you choose to age depends on it. Retirement should be the best years of your life. The sooner you are going to move and eat healthy, the better. Start today!