It is a fact that all of us are constantly ageing whether we like it or not. What we can take control over
Slow down Aging
Working your muscles with hand weights not only keeps you looking and feeling your best, but actually slows down the aging process. Exercise of any kind is beneficial but strength or resistance training is where the magic happens.
Build and Tone Muscle
As we age, we lose muscle mass. Did you know that we begin to lose muscle mass as early as age 30? The good news is that if you start early you can still build muscle and strength that will slow down the aging process. By the time you hit 60, it’s unlikely that you will increase muscle mass. But it is still very important to tone your existing muscles.
Many Other Health Benefits
Aside from toning, looking and feeling better, and slowing down the aging process, there are a multitude of other health benefits. Strength training reduces our risk of arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression. With all these amazing benefits, you’ll want to incorporate strength training into your weekly schedule, at least twice!
Lose Body Fat
While your muscles are tightening and toning your body, your body fat is decreasing. Strengthened muscles allow you to be stronger and burn more fat. It’s no secret that our metabolisms slow down as we age and we can’t eat as much and the kind of food that we used to.
Improves Mental Health
Our lives go through many changes as we age. Retirement, death of those we love, children moving away or medical problems, are just some of the life events that can cause us sadness and stress. Strength training can improve your mood and self-esteem.
Are you ready?
All it takes is 20-30 minutes, a few days a week to change how your body ages and how you feel. So what are you waiting for? Grab some 3 to 5 lb. hand weights and get started!
- Drink plenty of water in between exercises, by taking little sips, not huge gulps.
- Remember to take plenty of time to warm up. Do some light cardio for about 5 minutes and some gentle stretching. To warm up your muscles and get your heart rate up. The older you are the more warming up you need!
- If something hurts, don’t push it. The “no pain-no gain” does not apply here!
- Check with your doctor if you have any pre-existing conditions or injuries.
- Do enough repetitions of an exercise to feel that you can’t do one more rep. You want to challenge your muscle beyond its everyday exertion.