Strength Training - It’s Worth It

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director - 7th March 2014

Muscle mass begins to decline in our 30s and keeps decreasing unless we lift weights or do some form of resistance training regularly.  The bad news: losing muscle tissue affects how we look, how our bodies function and how we feel.  Plus, when we lose too much muscle, we become more vulnerable to injuries and find weight loss more difficult. 

The good news: all of these negative effects can be reversed!  Resistance training strengthens our bones, develops muscle tone, boosts energy levels, speeds up our metabolism (to assist with weight loss), and improves balance, coordination and posture.  So there is plenty of evidence that performing a couple of quality strength/resistance sessions each week is worth your time and effort.

And don’t worry that you’ll have to spend hours in the gym, learn complicated exercises or perform complex routines.  Basic moves such as push-ups, pull-ups, squats, crunches and lunges will provide all of the benefits that you need for a healthy body!