Resistance Exercises Can Benefit You For a Lifetime

September 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Resistance exercise is another term for strength training, which consists of multiple repetitions of exercises with free weights, weight machines, exercise bands or tubes, wraparound leg weights, or your own body weight.

Resistance training helps develop muscle strength and endurance and, according to the American Heart Association, is especially beneficial for frail and elderly people because it reduces the risk of injury from falls and leads to a more independent lifestyle.

Regular weight training also lowers heart rate and blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease, and can increase bone density and help prevent osteoporosis. Also, as your body gains muscle mass, it will burn more calories, helping reduce body fat.

If you’re a novice at resistance training, it’s best to have an experienced trainer help you determine the amount of resistance and number of repetitions for each exercise. For the most benefit, fitness experts recommend combining weight training with aerobic exercises such as jogging, bicycling, brisk walking or dancing.

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