When it comes to health and staying young we know exercise is important. The type of exercise however is key. The impulse is often to start running or do some form of cardio workout, the most important exercise however is strength training. It’s also the one as we age we do much less of.
We live in a society where many people think to slow down as they age, or we don’t let the elderly do the things they want. Not for control but simply to protect them. The opposite however should be the case. We need to work harder as we age not less.
Loss of muscle is one of the primary indicators of aging. Once in our 30′s we start to lose a third to a pound of muscle each year with this doubling in our 50′s. This has serious ramifications as less muscle mass doesn’t just mean aging, it means a higher risk of injury, postural problems, less energy and bone thinning. This is why the elderly often end up with serious problems from small falls.
The good news is you can drastically slow down and even reverse the effects of losing muscle mass with good nutrition and strength training. Strength training is not just for gym goers and body builders, it’s for everyone!
The benefits are:
A strong body
Increased fat burning
Increased energy levels
You don’t need to join a gym to resistance train. Body weight is a perfect way to start, getting a couple of weights for your home such as a kettlebell are perfect.
If you’ve never tried using a kettlebell have a look at the YouTube/rocofit workout videos. They aren’t as scary as they seem The best part is they are perfect for your home as they take little space and you can get an amazing workout with just one.
If your nervous then sign up to a one to one lesson with Rosa via livewebcam. You can register with her on her online studio http://www.powhow.com/classes/rocofit Rosa offers classes but also individual sessions upon request.
There’s no time like now to start. It doesn’t matter your age, fitness level, experience. We all have to start somewhere.
Read here how my mom at the age of 72 fell of a 6ft ladder – this is why strength training is important for you and the people you care about.