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Benefits of Strength Training

Bryan & Donna Pesta, owners of DreamFit

Lean muscle mass naturally decreases with age. If you don't do anything to replace the muscle loss, it will be replaced with fat. Weight training can help you reverse the trend - at any age.

1. Increased Metabolic Rate - Strength training increases the body's metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories throughout the day.

2. Increasing and Restoring Bone Density - Inactivity and aging can lead to a decrease in bone density and brittleness. Studies have clearly proven that consistent strength training can increase bone density and prevent Osteoporosis.

3. Increased Lean Muscle Mass and Muscle Strength, Power, and Endurance - Everyone can benefit from being stronger. We can work harder, we can play more, we can workout longer, and we can be more alive.

4. Injury Prevention - A variety of sports related injuries can be prevented by strengthening muscles and joints.

5. Improved Posture, Balance, Flexibility, Mobility and Stability - Stronger and more resilient muscles improves our balance, which means more comfortable living and fewer falls or accidents.

6. Decreased Risk of Coronary Disease - Participation in a consistent strength-training program has a wide variety of affiliated health benefits including decreasing cholesterol and heart rate and lowering your blood pressure.

7. Aids Rehabilitation and Recovery - One of the best ways to heal many types of injuries is to strengthen muscles surrounding the injured area. The stronger your muscles, the quicker the healing process.

8. Enhanced Performance in Sports or Exercise - No matter what your favorite sport or physical activity, with the proper strength training program, your performance can unquestionably be improved, and in some cases dramatically so.

9. Aging Gracefully - There is no more important reason to making a strength training a consistent part of your life, than to ensure you age gracefully. Physical activity keeps us alive and vibrant. Strength training ensures we are strong enough to participate in aerobic activities, outdoor recreation, and sports. Strong seniors fall down less. If they do fall down, their stronger bodies are more resilient, are injured less by the fall, and are able to heal more quickly after an injury.

10. Feeling Better and Looking Better - There is nothing more satisfying than the feeling after a good solid workout. Stronger muscles and joints can have a dramatic impact on posture and a toned body tends to make everyone feel better about their appearance. This all leads to improved self-esteem and increased self-confidence. There are many ways you can strengthen your muscles, whether it's at home or a fitness facility. The activities you choose should work all the major muscle groups of your body (legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders, and arms).

You may want to try:

• Lifting weights

• Working with resistance bands

• Doing exercises that use your body weight

or resistance (push ups, sit ups)

• Fit ball or medicine balls

• Pilates and Yoga

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