Disease Prevention with Strength Training

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strengthtrainingfitnessStrength training is the ideal anti-aging strategy. It stimulates the body to produce growth hormone…the hormone that has been shown to reverse the aging process and rejuvenate and renew old worn out cells and tissue.

Strength training is safe for men and women of all ages…especially if you are experiencing some health challenges strength training can be your greatest ally. In fact, those with health concerns such as heart disease and arthritis often benefit most from an exercise program that included strength training a few times weekly.

You can reduce the signs and symptoms of many disease and chronic conditions by including strength training in your exercise program in the following ways:

Arthritis: Reduces pain and stiffness and increases strength and flexibility

Osteoporosis: Builds bone density and reduces risk for falls.

Obesity: Increases metabolism (your body’s engine) which in turn helps burn calories every minute of the day and night and helps with long-term weight control.

Heart Disease: Reduces cardiovascular risk by improving lipid profile (blood fats) and overall heart/lung fitness.

Diabetes: The more muscle tissue you have, the lower your risk for diabetes. If you do have diabetes extra muscle slows for better control of blood sugar.

Back pain: Strengthens back and abdominal muscles to reduce stress on the spine.

Combined with cardiovascular (heart/lung) exercise, strength training can have a major effect on a person’s mental and emotional health and well-being. It reduces depression and boost self-confidence, self-esteem and an overall sense of well-being.

Both men and women experience deteriorating muscle tissue at every stage of life and is precisely the reason why we must strength train to rebuild the muscle we have lost and as well as our metabolism.

Those whose muscle tissue is toned burn fat more efficiently and are able to eat a reasonable quantity of food without gaining excess fat weight. That means they can enjoy a few treats now and again and not worry about the calories. This is metabolic fitness and something we should all strive to achieve.

Not only will you help your body prevent disease or ease the symptoms, your muscles will be working better and you’ll be able to see results. Slimmer and firmer arms, tummy and legs and improved posture.

Bottom line is that strength training firms the body and trims fat.

It changes your body for the better, relieves stress and depression, makes you feel happier and calmer and gives you a great night’s sleep. On top of all that, a toned body makes is so much more aesthetically pleasing.

Age is not an excuse. Strength training works whether your muscles are 20 years old or 60 years old. If you currently have a health issue discuss strength training with your doctor first. It’s likely he’ll be more concerned if you are not doing something rather than opposed to you doing it.

Learn to listen to your body and be honest with yourself. The goal is not competitive muscle building, your goal is to tone your muscles to achieve: reduced loss of muscle mass, better body composition (your fat/muscle ratio), disease protection and more energy to look and feel your best.

Strength training is not only your ticket to lean body-weight but it combats the aging process and increases your chance of living a longer life.

Male aging is just one subject that is covered in my comprehensive program “Strong Men Stay Young”…it also offers a wealth of information of diet, exercise and male hormones.

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