Why lifting weights or resistance exercises are better for your shape and health than aerobics!

 

 

According to web MD:

Studies show that weight lifting over a period of time can help prevent bone loss– and may even help build new bone.

In one study, postmenopausal women who participated in a weight training program for a year saw significant increases in their bone density in the spine and hips, areas affected most by osteoporosis  in older women.

Maintaining strong muscles through weight training helps to keep up your balance and coordination — a critical element in preventing falls, which can lead to osteoporosis-related fractures.

“We lose so much muscle as we age that by the time we’re 70, we only have about 50% to 55% of our muscle mass left,” says Beatrice Edwards, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and director of the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “That explains why we feel weak and tired as we age, and we can prevent some of that with weight training.”

Weight training also helps keep our bodies from losing its firmness. Women who implement weight training into their regimen  in their 30’s or 40’s and continue on into their later years keep firmer muscles and tighter skin. This helps give them a more youthful appearance. Que Angela Basset lol

The secret to Angela Basset’s ability to freeze time is her workout regimen. She was quoted as saying that she lifts weights a few times a week accompanied by healthy eating and a once a week cheat day!  But the key to her body contour is her weight lifting.  Her muscles never got the chance to atrophy!

 

Aerobics, on the other hand offers you no resistance to your muscles. This means there is no deterrent for you skin, bones and muscle to age faster because of the aging process.  Aerobics does have its positives. It does help keep your heart and lungs strong.

So live your best life by adding weight lifting or resistance training to your weekly regimen for a gorgeous shape and healthy bones!

Finding a fitness regimen that you can stick with!

 

It is way more important that you make exercise a permanent part of your life than it is to treat it as a new years resolution or a spare of the moment decision.

That type of mindset will cause you to forget about it after only a few short months.  Exercising is best approached as a lifestyle change and should be treated accordingly.

Finding ways to incorporate it in your life might seem daunting either because of time constraints or lack of desire to work out, which is why I say try the “baby step” approach!

 

Opt to walk to the store instead of drive! Some of us have stores that are only a few blocks away.  Imagine the joy you would bring your heart (and thighs I might add) if you walked there instead of drive!  Try to incorporate this as much as possible.

If you have a small infant use them as a dumb bell.  YES I SAID IT…. Strap that baby to your body using your baby harness and do your house chores!  The baby will actually find this to be fun! AND you will become more fit!  *We will discuss this more in detail in the homestead category.

Find exercises that fit your personality type!  No one says you have to be a fitness guru.  Just start off doing what you think you will like and take it from there.  Some people enjoy yoga, others weight lifting and other cardio.  Remember… baby steps!

 

This approach will help you to create an lifestyle change instead of a fly by night fitness frenzy that will only end in short memories of bad workouts!