Strength Training – The Closest Thing To The Fountain of Youth
As we grow older it is critical to take control of our health. According to an article from The New York Times, beginning at age 40 we lose approximately 8 percent of our muscle composition per decade – and this rate accelerates more after age 60. Bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments grow stronger or weaker together. Therefore, if we strengthen in our muscles, we also strengthen our bones, tendons, and ligaments. To slow or delay muscle loss, it is important to follow a consistent Strength Training Program.
Why you should participate in regular Strength Training:
Improve Cardiovascular Health
Improve VO2 Max (Cardiorespiratory Health)
Improve Blood Sugar Regulation, Insulin Sensitivity, and reduce the risk of PreDiabetes.
A life without Strength Training can lead to “muscle melting” replaced by fat buildup. Our metabolism slows during this process because muscle mass burns more calories than fat mass. A recent study on exercise and weight loss compared three groups. One group decreased calories only; the second decreased calories and participated in aerobic exercise and the third group decreased calories and performed Strength Training Exercises. Both exercising groups lost the most amount of weight - the aerobic group lost twice as much muscle as the Strength Training group. Maintaining or increasing your muscle mass preserves your metabolic rate, so when weight loss is a goal, be sure to have a Strength Training Program in your life.