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Weight Lifting for a Better Life – Reliv


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Strength training offers strong benefits to your body inside and out.

Muscles
Having stronger muscles not only helps you lug more grocery bags at once, it also increases your flexibility and balance. Poor balance often contributes to falls and broken bones in older people, which can lead to disabilities and life-threatening complications. A study showed post-menopausal women who progressively strength trained just two days a week had a 75 percent increase in strength and 13 percent increase in balance.
Bones and Joints
Stressing bones through strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis and fracture. In
addition, a study of postmenopausal women showed gains in hip and spine bone density through just two days a week of progressive strength training. Strength training also can reduce pain in joints. In a study of older men and women with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis, strength training decreased pain by 43 percent. At the same time, it increased muscle strength and general physical performance, improved the clinical signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, and decreased disability.
Heart
Running for miles or doing other aerobic activity isn’t the only way to strengthen your heart. Strength training also
builds the heart’s aerobic capacity. Because of this, the American Heart Association recommends strength training to lower heart disease risk and as therapy for patients in cardiac rehabilitation. Strength training also helps heart health by lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol. In addition, when you’re conditioned through regular strength training, your heart rate and blood pressure are more likely to stay steady during activities like lifting or carrying, so your heart is less strained.
Weight Loss
It’s simple math. Muscle burns more calories than stored fat. So people with more muscle mass have a higher metabolic
rate. In fact, strength training can boost metabolic rate by 15 percent so you’re burning more calories to help you lose weight. And the more muscle you have, the easier it is to control your weight. Also, as you age, you naturally lose muscle mass especially after age 50. Unfortunately, if you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, the percentage of fat in your body increases. Strength training will replace the muscle you would otherwise lose to keep your body leaner.

written by our friends at Reliv.com

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May 29, 2011 - Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Sports Nutrition, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , ,

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