WHY SHOULD I LIFT?
It's not just about building muscle!
Research suggests that a sedentary lifestyle changes how our bodies move. Habitual sitting causes certain muscles to lengthen and weaken, while others tighten and become overactive, affecting posture and joint functionality. More movement and a balanced training program can counteract this.
Doctors prescribe strength training to patients with osteoporosis because it builds strong bones. When you exercise, specialized cells respond to this beneficial stress by reinforcing your skeleton. We've all known an older relative who's been seriously injured by a bad fall, but strength training makes this less likely.
Your circulatory system fights gravity to move blood back from your extremities, but did you know it can get a boost from your muscles? "Skeletal muscle pump" increases blood flow during physical activity. Contracting muscles squeeze blood vessels and return blood to the heart more quickly and efficiently.