Strength training is no longer an activity dominated by young males seeking muscular physiques or improved athletic performance. Awareness of the practical benefits of strong muscles and bones has made increasing strength a popular pursuit for everyone. When we are stronger, everyday tasks require less effort. Carrying a bag of groceries, walking up stairs, lifting a child or doing work around the house all become easier with increased strength.
Muscle mass naturally declines as we age - 3% to 5% per decade after age 30. Unless we engage in muscle building exercise throughout our lives, we will lose strength and mobility. To counter this, men and women are encouraged to engage in strength training exercises throughout their lives. Strengthening muscles is called “anaerobic” exercise. This differs from “aerobic” exercise that improves the cardiovascular system. Both anaerobic and aerobic exercises are necessary for good health and optimal functioning. Aerobic exercise, like walking, biking and running, requires continuous and large amounts of oxygen to generate energy. The benefits of aerobic exercise include a more toned body and, as mentioned, an improved cardiovascular system.
Anaerobic exercise provides external resistance and causes muscles to contract. Dumbbells and barbells, weight machines, body weight, and even cans of food are examples of what can be used to provide external resistance. Anaerobic exercises, such as weight lifting or resistance training, do not require large amounts of oxygen. The body taps into stored glycogen to provide power for our muscles during anaerobic exercise. The major benefit of anaerobic exercise is increased muscle and bone strength.
The benefits of increased strength are available to people of any age. A few minutes a day will produce noticeable results in a short time and encourage even more effort.
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