What is resistance training is it for me?

Resistance training simply means working your body with weights, oh I hear you say, you don’t want to bulk up, know most people don’t wish to pile lots of muscle on but they don’t want to be weak, flabby or likely to fall over either.

Compared to when you were I your 20/30’s you are gradually losing strength as you get older and this could be around a 50%. So don’t be surprised if you struggle with moving the furniture, chopping trees or playing with the kids without feeling tired.

Resistance training also know as weight training is often perceived as what body builders do and you would not go near weights because the last thing you want to do is body building right. The truth is you and everyone else should do some form of weight training exercise in-order to maintain your strength with the following benefits.

Good to retain strength

Best for losing body fat

Improves tone

Great for raising your metabolism

Retaining or improving your strength is vital to maintain everyday normal function (how well you move around).

Strength training exercise is also amazing for raising your metabolism after your workout,which lasts for several hours during which timeyourbody will metabolise more stored body fat; than hours of cardio exercise can do.

Your weight programme will also help you to ensure you are strong enough to support your body, prevent falls and maintain the strength and density of your skeletal system, particularly for women during menopause who are at increased risk of osteoporosis.

Contact your trainer for advice before starting a weight training programme to ensure you receive good training in technique, safety and correct programming tone successful.

Any training programme designed for general fitness should be enjoyable and motivating to maintain your interest so consider all activities like boot camps, body attack, circuit training and body weight exercising including dancing.

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2 Comments

  1. Very good information. The problem, as I see it, for most people is that the deteriorating of the body is such a slow process that they hear trainers like myself tell them these things but see no reason for urgency to do anything about it because pain and discomfort hasn’t hit them yet! I was a CCU RN for 15 years and many times even when, after they have an MI (heart attack) they would profess that they would take care of themselves and stop smoking etc. but I would see them 6 months later(another MI) and they had went back to bad habits after the discomfort had subsided. The way I see it is to get people started as young kids exercising in a way that they have fun and “want” to continue! So make the process of getting into exercise a slow one to match the slowness of the human body breaking down. Thank you, The Trainer

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