The siren call of weight lifting beckoned Bea at around age 40, when her body began, mysteriously, to change. Her metabolism slowed down and caused her to gain weight. Her thighs seemed to go from firm and cellulite-free to flabbola overnight. Cardio made her sweat, but it wasn’t enough to change her body.
So what could Bea do to regain her youth? Or, at the very least, help resist bone and muscle loss? The answer, my friends, lies in that 6-letter word “resist.” Bea discovered the wonderful world of resistance training.
What is resistance training?
Emedicine Health defines resistance training as “any exercise that causes muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increases in strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance.”
For her “external resistance,” Bea uses weights in 3, 5, 8, and 10 pound increments, and her own body weight (lunges, squats, push-ups and so on).
As usual, she works out in front of her television, using fitness DVDs such as:
- The Firm’s Total Body Toner
- 10 Pound Slimdown with Chris Freytag
- Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones
- The Biggest Loser Boot Camp
Why choose resistance training?
Research has provided us with plenty of reasons to strength train.
- It helps keep you from losing muscle as you age.
- It increases your metabolism.
- It helps protect you from bone fractures and osteoporosis by increasing your bone density.
- And so much more, as shown in this Diet Channel article.
Bea recommends buying a book or DVD for beginners if you’re just starting to work with weights. The Diet and Fitness Resources websites provides some beginner tips.
Emedicine Health also points out that it’s never too late to start resistance training; it can benefit even the elderly.
If you’re older and haven’t been physically active, you may want to check out the CDC’s “Growing Stronger” program
After adding resistance training to her workout routines, Bea has never felt better! Her legs have even gone from flabbola to fabulous, dahling.
Don’t try to resist – simply try resistance training. Bea’s willing to bet you won’t regret it!
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