How strength training can transform your life!

In the pursuit of overall wellbeing, one often overlooked yet profoundly impactful practice is strength training. Beyond sculpting muscles and boosting physical fitness, incorporating strength training into your routine can result in lots of benefits that extend far beyond the gym floor. It also impacts your ability to lead a healthy life as an older person. The benefits include:

Lengthen your lifespan:

Studies consistently show that strength training can increase longevity by reducing the risk of chronic disease and enhancing overall health. Regular strength training helps maintain bone density, reduces the risk of osteoporosis and improves cardiovascular health, ultimately contributing to a longer and healthier life.

Boost mental health:

Physical activity, including strength training, is a powerful mood booster and stress reliever. Engaging in regular strength training releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones, which can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve mood and enhance overall mental wellbeing.

Enhance mobility and flexibility:

Contrary to popular belief, strength training isn’t just about building muscle bulk. It also improves joint stability, enhances flexibility and increases functional mobility, making everyday activities easier and reducing the risk of falls and injuries, especially as we age.

It’s not about being bigger, it’s about being able to be functional and able to move through life in a way that keeps us ultimately out of nursing homes.

Protect your bones:

Strength training is vital for increasing lean muscle mass and safeguarding bone density, which begins to decline after age 30. Women, in particular, constitute 80 per cent of osteoporosis cases due to having smaller and thinner bones than men, compounded by menopause-induced estrogen loss, a hormone crucial for bone protection. Strong bones diminish the risk of osteoporosis, falls and fractures, especially with age. A 2014 study found that just 12 weeks of strength training incorporating squats elevated femur (thigh) bone mineral density by 4.9% and reduced spine density by 2.9%.

The role of massage in recovery:

Massage therapy serves as an invaluable complement to strength training, aiding in recovery, reducing muscle soreness and optimising performance. Deep tissue massage, myofascial release and sports massage techniques can help alleviate muscle tension, promote circulation and expedite the healing process after intense strength training sessions.

By incorporating regular massage therapy into your post-workout routine, you can enhance muscle recovery, prevent injuries and ensure that your body remains primed for continued progress in your strength training journey.

Strength training is a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses physical, mental and emotional benefits.

Pairing strength training with regular massage therapy sessions can further amplify these benefits, ensuring that you not only look strong but feel strong from the inside out.

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