“There is strength in numbers."
"Only the strong survive."
“Strength builds character."
Strength has always been associated with character building, success, and ultimate power. But, when it comes to fitness, building strength has often had negative perceptions that bring to mind massive body bulk or over-pumped bodybuilders. As times and our food quality have changed, so has the value and importance of maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle. The truth is, whether you are 18 or 80 years old, strength training is essential for better health and wellness. Plus, it has lots of anti-aging benefits and will keep you younger longer.
Strength training, also called resistance training, involves strengthening and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. Here are a few long-term benefits to consider:
· You've Fallen, and You Can’t Get Up – Resistant training helps to avoid the risk of falling and other injuries by keeping your muscles strong.
· Only the Strong Survive – Strength training helps to avoid the risk of fractures that lead to injury.
FACT: People who are physically inactive lose between 3 and 5 percent of their muscle mass per decade after age 30, and it accelerates at around 65. (Source: WebMD)
· Keep It Moving – Including resistance training in your workout helps to speed up metabolism and increases energy.
· Looking Good! – If you are looking to keep a physically attractive appearance, strength training is critical!
· Do you Remember the Time? – If you can’t remember, know that strength training can help improve memory and brain function.
Of course, exercise and eating well are beneficial, especially as we age. But strength training specifically can help combat many of the physical problems associated with aging while boosting energy and improving your mood.
Sources: everydayhealth.com, webmd.com, muscleandfitness.com