We've had a lot of feedback from our clients that many of their family and friends aren't aware of what resistance training actually is or why they do it. So, we thought it would be a great topic to go over!
The definition of resistance training is "a form of exercise designed to increase muscular strength and endurance by making those muscles work against a weight or force". This means that, anytime you perform an activity that carries, pushes, or pulls something, you are doing a resistance training exercise. Even standing up off your couch or carrying groceries from your car are movements that work your muscles. When it really becomes resistance training is when those types of exercises are organized into a program and repeated consistently over time.
Why is resistance training important? Most people believe that walking/biking/running/swimming is enough exercise to keep them in shape. While those are great options for building endurance and overall health, they fall short because they don't really work the muscles. Every muscle group in the body needs sufficient, repeated stimulus in order to maintain or grow their size/strength/endurance. Without regular use, muscles will begin to atrophy (degenerate). While that may not make a significant difference short-term, over time even the simplest daily activities will feel like a monumental task. These problems are further compounded by the natural process of aging, leading to a sharp decline in health. Problems like heart attacks, diabetes, falls, injuries, and more become a far higher risk.
Beyond muscular strength, there are a host of other benefits from resistance training. Breathing, heart health, endurance, bone density, brain health, skin health, and blood flow are some.
One belief we hear from some is that they're "too old" to do resistance training. That's a common thought, but one that is incorrect. Studies have shown that 80 year-olds who do resistance training actually have more muscle mass than 30 year-olds that don't! As long as it's safe and personalized, people of any age can benefit.
Another common misconception we hear is that resistance training has to be done for 2 hours 7 days a week, and it's just for people who want to have gigantic muscles. One of the best aspects of resistance training is that it can be adapted so that anyone can do it. However, in order to get the best results and experience out of it, you'll need a trained professional to create your program and lead you throughout your entire journey.
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