What is Weight Resistance Training?
Resistance training, also called weight training or strength training, involves working your muscles against a resistance. A well-rounded exercise program prescribed by our Exercise Physiologist at Pro Exercise will include resistance training.
Why is resistance training important?
Helps to develop strong bones: Resistance training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
Weight Control: As you gain muscle, your body burns energy more efficiently.
Builds muscle: To protect your joints from injury. It also helps you maintain flexibility and balance and helps you remain independent as you age.
Improves your sense of wellbeing: Resistance training can boost your self-confidence, improve your body image and reduce the risk of depression.
Helps to get a better night’s sleep: People who regularly take part in a strength training program are less likely to have insomnia.
To manage chronic conditions: Resistance training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions including arthritis, back pain, depression, diabetes and obesity.
Recommendations for healthy adults are to perform 8 to 10 resistance-training exercises, with 8 to 12 repetitions of each exercise, twice a week. Exercises prescribed will generally work through all the major muscle groups of your body (legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders, and arms).
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