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Why weight training is important for your health

Posted by: [email protected] on May 11, 2016

Weight training isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. I know this, because I’d much rather be having the cup of tea than hitting the gym.

But weight training isn’t just for gym junkies and the super-fit. It’s actually recommended that all adults do muscle strengthening exercises at least twice a week.

This is because exercise that works on strengthening muscles (like hand-held weights, sit-ups and push-ups, or using weight machines) has a whole lot of benefits that aerobic exercise (like jogging, walking or cycling) doesn’t give you.

The most important is that these kinds of exercise help keep us mobile and physically in shape, especially as we get older. For older adults, weight training is better for bone and joint health, slowing the loss of muscle strength and for general mobility. It can also help prevent against frailty. Essentially, the stronger our muscles are, the better we can move around and stay independent as we age.

Weight training has also been linked to reduced rates of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, among others, which is important for everyone!

So perhaps it’s time we rethink weights and start bringing them into our fitness routine. And it doesn’t have to be the gym – workouts at home are a good start, just make sure you’re using the right technique to avoid any injury. Even a little bit will be an improvement and a step towards better physical health.

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