Regular strength training helps you feel safer and able to perform day-to-day tasks such as carrying groceries, gardening, and lifting heavier items indoors.
Strengthening your muscles will not only strengthen you, but it will also stimulate bone growth, lower blood sugar, help control weight, improve balance and posture, and reduce stress and pain in the lower back and joints.
A physical therapist can design a strength training program that you can do two to three times a week at the gym, at home, or at work.
The basis of every strength training is compound movements in which several joints of the body and therefore several muscles are involved.
While there are thousands of exercises, there are many variations of some basic movements such as squats and deadlifts.
When you pick up a weight, you are preparing your muscles to become stronger and more capable of the functional movement.
Certain exercises allow you to lift more weight, which accelerates your strength gains.Read more