If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re thinking about a strength program. Here we discuss the benefits of strength training and some things to consider when starting.

What is strength training?

Strength training is a form of exercise that places stress and load on the musculoskeletal system in order to create muscular contractions and stimulate musculoskeletal change. Over time, strength training leads to an increase in overall muscular strength and capacity.

There are many physical benefits associated with regular strength training. These include:

  • Increased lean mass tissue and bone mineral density

  • Improved metabolism and improved insulin sensitivity

  • Improved happiness and self-confidence

  • Bone and ligament strength

Below are some easy tips on getting started:

  1. Start simple. Try not to overcomplicate things with your training program. Start by completing a whole body program of up to 5 exercises, 2-3 days per week. Over time your program can become more complex, but in the beginning, it is important to start simple. This helps to build confidence, develop exercise habits and help create a strong base.

  2. When starting out completely new, it is a good idea to complete your repetitions with a weight you feel confident completing. It shouldn’t feel light, but you should feel confident that you can complete the repetitions. This can again help to create a strong base without the risk of injury.

  3. Talk to an exercise professional and learn the correct technique from the get go. Often, information online can be misleading and confusing. To reduce any confusion and help build confidence in the gym arrange a session with an exercise professional. They can help develop your program in line with your goals, provide the correct technique and answer any additional questions you may have. From there, you will have all the information you need to get started on your strength training journey!

Strength training is the most effective way to remain strong, mobile and independent as you age.

It helps to reduce many risk factors for developing chronic health conditions, improves balance and agility. By starting your strength training today, you are on track for long term health and wellness!

Contact us today if you need help getting started.

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