As we age, our skin loses elasticity, flexibility evades us, and our muscles become prone to aches and pains. But what if there was a way to reduce or even reverse the signs of ageing, without relying on topical treatments and wonder-pills? What if you could stay younger for longer by simply remaining consistent with weekly strength training?
A 2011 study published by Sports Medicine, found that after examining the effects of strength training on ageing muscles, participants did not only experience a reduction in pain and inflammation from arthritis, but the effects of ageing were reversed.
At a TEDx talk regarding muscle matter, Harvard Medical School professor, Jonathan Bean, said that the most beneficial exercises to combat mobility issues are progressive training for strength and power. He went on to say that strength training in your 40’s (and older), slows muscle loss and helps to prevent or control heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis, to name a few.
While improving the function of muscle cells, strength training improves the transfer of glucose through the body, allowing you to decrease blood sugar levels, and reduce the risks of diabetes.
It’s no secret that exercise-triggered endorphins play a role in mental resilience, but strength training has been found to help reduce the symptoms of clinical anxiety and depression.
Research shows that strength training also directly impacts heart health. Did you know that reducing abdominal fat (also known as visceral fat) will considerably lower your risk of heart disease since abdominal fat is situated near the heart? A 2013 Journal of Applied Physiology, showed that men who engaged in frequent strength workouts boosted good cholesterol or HDL.
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