When you think of strength training, you’d be forgiven for picturing Arnold Schwarzenegger and feeling that it might not be the workout for you.
But in the same way that you don’t need to be as fast as Usain Bolt to reap all the benefits of running, you don’t need to be bodybuilder like Arnie to reap all the benefits of strength training.
Also known as resistance training, strength training is focused on using your bodyweight, or equipment like resistance bands, bars and dumbbells, to build muscle, strength and endurance.
From around the age of 30, we start to lose muscle mass, and we lose around 5% each decade thereafter. When we hit 70, that muscle mass loss increases pretty dramatically, which is why older people are more prone to broken bones as a result of trips and falls. That’s why, regardless of your age, it’s important to incorporate resistance training into your workouts.
And that’s not all: recent articles have gone as far as to suggest that strength training might be the single best workout you can do for your overall health. Let’s find out how.