So what is the big deal with building strength? Well my friends, here is the deal:
1. Building strength makes you stronger and fitter
Being stronger enables you to carry out every day tasks and activities more easily. Your strength naturally lessens as you accumulate more birthdays. However, if your strength was NEVER your strength, so to speak, your potential for building strength is untapped. If you have never actively worked on it, your limit is unknown. Discovering your limit could be a vital factor in achieving and maintaining a healthier more able body.
2. Building strength protects joints and muscle mass
If your muscles haven’t the reserves on hand when you push and pull and lift as you go about your day, the joints absorb the strain which would otherwise be distributed throughout your musculature.
Building strength protects the amount of muscle you have (the mass) in terms of increasing it and then maintaining it.
It also helps tone your muscles (the firmness) as well. This means you can reduce the sagging effect that rudely sneaks up on us all.
3. Building strength helps your body burn calories more effectively
Any form of exercise in essence enhances your metabolism (the burning of calories).
When you activate your muscles to push or pull or lift weight or apply resistance, you demand more of your body in terms of energy exertion. The more exertion the greater the energy demands.
In turn the more calories are burned.
4. Building strength helps achieve greater dexterity and agility
5. Building strength can have a limiting effect on chronic diseases
When your body is active and strong it functions better in terms of your heart, blood pressure, lungs, digestive tract, mental health, immune system, glucose control….and so the list goes on and on.
6. Building strength improves your energy levels and mood
You are programmed to move freely as well as to manoeuvre against resistance and load. This makes your body stronger and in doing so your energy reserves increase or at least are maintained.
The endorphins released as part of this normal human function are subsequently increased which elevates your mood.
Another benefit is associated with a greater capacity to improve sleep quality.
Win win win my friends!
So, how am doing in helping you see how strengthening your body is vital to your health, vital for your life?
If you are feeling inspired and I hope you are, here are some examples for you to try. When starting out, avoid getting caught up in the frenzy of activity with this window of opportunity.
Building strength safely and effectively does not require a military boot camp mentality.
In fact quite the reverse. Be intuitive. You know what you are lifting and pushing and pulling on a daily / weekly basis. Start with the familiar and the known (a book, brick, door stop, ornament). With a daily task typically you only undertake one or two repetitions and possibly those repetitions are carried out fairly intermittently. However, with what I am suggesting, the strengthening effect comes from the consistent repetition as outlined below.
If you are unsure about using weights to improve your health, follow the videos using no weights in your hands. Just get used to the movement. Then hold an every day item you know you can lift, as you perform the movements. As you become stronger, which you will, steadily increase the weight you hold.
Work your muscles and joints tuning into how your body feels.
*stop as you tire
*attempt a handful of repetitions initially
*progress a couple of repetitions at a time
Keep in your mind LESS IS MORE. Consistency is the key. Keep on keeping on, little and often a couple of times a week. It is this more than the weight itself, that translates into long term changes to your strength and ultimately your health.
So my friends,
Tune In – Connect – Move
Start today, for all your tomorrows.