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What Makes An Exercise Regimen GREAT?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

There are three components of an effective exercise program.  They are cardiovascular exercise, flexibility, and strength training.  Many people do not incorporate all three components into their fitness regimen for various reasons.  This article will focus on strength training, its importance, and its benefits.

 

Strength training is important for boosting the health and well-being of people of all ages and fitness levels, and the health benefits far outweigh any trepidation about picking up those weights.  Here are eight reasons to incorporate it into your fitness program:

  • Strength training is good for the heart.  Most of us are aware that cardiovascular exercise has heart healthy benefits, but do not know that resistance training can help lower blood pressure due to the increased  blood flow to the muscles, heart, and body.

  • Weight bearing exercises improve the health and strength of your bones by maintaining or improving bone density, and therefore reduce the risks of fractures and osteoporosis.

  • Weight training helps you to burn more calories even when you are not working out.  It takes more energy, (calories), for your body to use and maintain muscle cells than it does fat cells.  By lifting weights to add more muscle mass to your body, you’re boosting your metabolism and turning your body into a more efficient calorie burning machine. 

  • Lifting weights can help you lose body fat.  When combining weight training with a reduced calorie diet, your body will build and maintain muscle mass while you lose weight because your body pulls energy from fat stores.

  • Strength training improves your range of motion, coordination, and the strength of the muscles that help to keep your body upright which results in better posture.   

  • Resistance training is good for the mind, as well as the body.  Endorphins, which make you feel good, are released during strength training, making it a great de-stressor

  • Weight lifting, timed at least two hours before bedtime, has been shown to help with insomnia. 

  • Lifting weights regularly helps to increase your body’s muscle mass, improves balance, coordination, and flexibility therefore resulting in easier performance of activities of daily living such as carrying grocery bags, lifting children, or climbing stairs.     

If strength training isn’t part of your fitness regimen, the aforementioned benefits are certainly reason enough to give it a try.

 

Finding a class time and day(s) to train and, most importantly being consistent, can bring you desired results.

 

I have many years of experience teaching strength training classes.  If you join me, you will warm-up all of your muscles, including your heart, then move on to work all the muscles of your body, mostly doing compound moves, which burn more calories than isolated movements,  using various types of resistance equipment such as weights, resistance bands, and medicine balls.   If you are just starting out, and are feeling a bit intimidated, I can give modifications for the exercises.  After working hard, we end class  stretching all the muscles we worked.  Eventually, and with consistency, you will become stronger, and leave class feeling accomplished and invigorated.   Join me on Saturday mornings at 10:35 in Studio A and start on your journey to becoming a stronger, healthier you.  

 

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