Resistance training, also commonly known as strength training, refers to a category of exercise that generally involves improving a person’s endurance and strength. It is normally achieved through equipment like free weights, weight machines, resistance bands, or suspension equipment but can also be easily done with just body weight as well. It involves the movement of your muscles in a controlled manner in order to help build up the relevant muscle groups as needed.
Even though it is a beneficial activity for people of all ages, resistance training is heavily associated with the image of bodybuilders or athletes that have built up to huge amounts of weight. However, that takes a lot of time to build up to and the weights used by a beginner are nowhere near as intimidating. In fact, even training without any form of additional weight can help in building up muscle, regaining muscle mass, improving balance, and even improving the condition of their joints. Here’s more information.
Before You Get Started
Before you head down to the gym for your first resistance training session, it is important that you are clear on the needs of your body and what types of exercise you plan on doing. For those who have not been active in a while, it is helpful to schedule a physical examination with your doctor to get a better idea of your body’s needs and limitations, as well as any particular movements that you should avoid. If you have the resources for it, working with a personal trainer can also ensure that you have a tailor-made program that is able to push your limits but stops short of overexertion.
Benefits of Resistance Training
The range of benefits that a person can get from resistance training will depend on the regularity of your practice, the exercises that you chose, as well as your starting point. However, these are the benefits that you will eventually experience from consistently participating in resistance training:
- Building and maintaining muscle mass
- Increase in physical and mental strength
- Improving overall bone health
- Weight loss
- Improved balance
- Enhancing performance in aerobic activities
- Enhanced psychological welfare due to greater confidence and improve self-image
Enjoy Fitness Programs at GreenTree At Westwood
At GreenTree At Westwood, we firmly believe that maintaining optimal levels of physical health is important for a person’s quality of health. This means that having convenient and reliable access to fitness programs and certified trainers is really important for older adults that are exploring fitness options that best work for them. We offer these options as part of our exclusive senior living programs for those living in our senior living community. On top of programs that promote physical health, we also offer different activities and resources for those looking to explore their spiritual, mental, social, and intellectual health.
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