Why we should all be doing Strength Training

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Strength training isn't just for bodybuilders; it's a vital component of overall health and well-being for all of us and it’s never too late to start. I didn’t get “really into” lifting weights until well into my 30’s as I felt intimidated in that area of the gym and thought it was just for the boys! I thank my good friend Maria for introducing me to it.

Here are my top reasons to incorporate this into your life:

  1. .Builds Muscle Mass: As we age, muscle mass naturally decreases. Strength training helps counteract this loss, keeping muscles strong and functional. This is crucial for maintaining mobility and overall physical health. I want to be the 80 year old that is still squatting and deadlifting.

  2. Enhances Bone Health: Lifting weights stimulates bone growth and increases bone density. So important for women as their hormone levels reduce in perimenopause and menopause to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

  3. Improves Mental Health: Exercise releases endorphins, which enhance mood and reduce stress. I may not always feel in the mood for the gym or have a little cba but honestly you never regret a workout and the natural high you get from strength training.

  4. Increases Functional Strength: Building muscle improves your ability to perform everyday tasks, from getting off the loo, putting on your socks or carrying your supermarket shop. As we get older how many times do you hear someone say they’ve pulled their back out putting a shoe on.

  5. Supports Healthy Ageing: We have already discussed the importance of maintaining muscle mass and strength, which are crucial for mobility and independence in older age. It can also reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Why would you not do everything in your power to lead a happy, healthy pain free old age?

  6. Enhanced Physical Performance: You may not think this one applies to you but as runners we put an enormous amount of stress and impact onto our bodies, strength training improves your performance and reduces the risk of injuries by strengthening muscles, tendons, and ligaments. So whether you are a chatty social runner, parkrunner or marathon runner, we all know the heartbreak of being on the runners “bench” and not being able to run. Do yourself a favour and start strength training!!!

I really hope you found this helpful and maybe a compelling argument to start strength training.

I’m here to help if you have questions.

All the love Ems