The Secret to Weight Loss and Longevity
By Mark Becker, Exercise & Leisure
- Strength training is just as important as cardio training. Adults typically lose five pound of lean muscle weight and gain 15 pounds of fat weight every decade of life. This appears as a 10 pound weight gain your scale, but in reality it is a 20 lb. change in our body components. We can reduce the fat gain by running, but that won't reduce the loss of muscle tissue.
- The primary purpose of strength exercise is to improve muscle function. It also develops stronger bones, tendons, and ligaments, enabling you to achieve more in all physical activities including running. It also reduces your risk of medical problems, including low back pain, illnesses such as diabetes, and degenerative problems such as osteoporosis.
- Most people believe that strength training is just for the young. Research proves that people of all ages can increase their muscle size and strength through a basic program of resistance exercise. Studies have shown that seniors actually build muscle tissue at the same rate as younger adults.
- You may have heard that strength exercise decreases joint flexibility, but the facts show just the opposite. High levels of muscle strength and joint flexibility are compatible and can both be attained from full-range strength training.