Why Strength Training is important for Healthy Aging?

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I’m sure that by now, you are well aware that one of the most necessary ingredients for aging gracefully is a healthy lifestyle habit. When we are talking about healthy lifestyles, we can’t exclude the importance of a total conditioning exercise program. Such a program includes cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility (stretching). Some people only focus on cardio while others focus on strength training alone.  Though, one group may say that cardio or strength training is the best.  Let’s remember one thing, both of them are indispensable.  Combining the two makes a total body workout, so if you can sustain it on your old age then it could do wonders for you.

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No doubt that cardio is a hit among women in their exercise routine.  A lot of women still believe the myth about strength training and bulging muscles. They believe that strength training would make them bigger. However, this is not right!  Women don’t have enough testosterone to develop bigger muscles like men do.  Lifting weights would make them appear much firmer.
A lot of experts believe that strength training is the real fountain of youth.  Here are the reasons why experts believe it is the lost fountain of youth:

  • Increased mental and physical stamina. Strength training helps you to become stronger, leaner, and healthier. It also leads to increased mental and physical stamina so that you can better handle the stresses of everyday living.
  • Strengthens your bones. Strength training strengthens your bones that reduce your risk to develop osteoporosis. Stronger bones let you can enjoy daily activities with more confidence and ease.
  • Prevents an injury from occurring. Strength training strengthens muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. And, the stronger we get the lower chances of getting injured. You would find out that this is beneficial as you grow older.  • Slows down the process of aging.
  • Strength training has been proven to slow down the aging process. It prevents muscle loss that normally comes with aging.
  • Improves physical appearance. Strength training improves the overall appearance and body composition. Take, for example, a 150 pound woman with 35% body fat. By beginning an effective strength training program, she reduces her body fat to 20%. Although her body weight remains the same, her strength, muscle tone, and metabolism improves, giving her a fit appearance.

Strength training is one of the most vital parts of any fitness program. It should be combined with cardio and flexibility exercises. All of these exercises are needed for a healthy lifestyle.

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