STRENGTH TRAINING: Get stronger, leaner, and healthier

Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier

We've been advocating strength training for nearly 20 years, and the benefit we've seen in folks of all ages and abilities is truly astounding. We work with people who have had little to no exercise experience and really high-intensity athletes, with those who simply long to lose 10lbs, to those with chronic pain and inflexibility. In each we have nurtured progressive results that have changed the way our clients live their lives. For that trust and their reward we are so grateful! Here's a small affirmation from Mayo Clinic of the kind of benefits strength training can bring to our lives.

Strength training is an important part of an overall fitness program. Here's what strength training can do for you — and how to get started.
from the Mayo Clinic

You know exercise is good for you. Ideally, you're looking for ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. If your aerobic workouts aren't balanced by a proper dose of strength training, though, you're missing out on a key component of overall health and fitness. Despite its reputation as a "guy" or "jock" thing, strength training is important for everyone. With a regular strength training program, you can reduce your body fat, increase your lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently.

Use it or lose it

Muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. "If you don't do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, you'll increase the percentage of fat in your body," says Edward Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. "But strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass — at any age."

Strength training also helps you:

Develop strong bones. By stressing your bones, strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
Control your weight. As you gain muscle, your body gains a bigger "engine" to burn calories more efficiently — which can result in weight loss. The more toned your muscles, the easier it is to control your weight.
Reduce your risk of injury. Building muscle helps protect your joints from injury. It also contributes to better balance, which can help you maintain independence as you age.
Boost your stamina. As you get stronger, you won't fatigue as easily.
Manage chronic conditions. Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, including arthritis, back pain, depression, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.
Sharpen your focus. Some research suggests that regular strength training helps improve attention for older adults.

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