At this point in our society, there are few people in the U.S. who do not recognize the importance and benefits of being physically active and properly nourished, although opinions may differ as to exactly what that means. We have learned much in recent years about both of these components positively affects the aging process, influencing a person’s ability to maintain his or her strength, mobility, and thus independence and dignity while growing older. Strength training helps prevent osteoporosis and/or frailty by stimulating the growth of muscle and bone in addition to promoting good mental and emotional health. Nothing but good stuff, right?
In spite of the information available, strength training can seem foreign, hidden, or overwhelming to individuals unfamiliar with it. They know they should do it but what exactly does “it” mean? And how? At this point enters the internet or the well-meaning friend or…you fill in the blank.
One day my senior-aged mother complained of spasms in her back. When I asked about her previous day’s activities, she mentioned buying a kettlebell and doing a workout. While I was happy to see her initiative, I was immediately concerned because I know the damage that can be done by using kettlebells with bad form or at with an inappropriate weight. She should be using weights to train; she should not be using the kettlebell in the way nor at the weight that she did!
Unfortunately, my mother is not the first nor will she be the last to do something like this. Strength training is essential,
even especially as we age but equally essential is to do it properly.
At Body Moves, we are committed to helping you
live your best life for many years to come.
For that reason, we are equally committed to providing proper training at appropriate levels for YOU! This is the basis (and heart!) of our small group personal training classes, and they are just that – small groups that offer personal training tailored to your physical needs and ability.