Whilst the link between regular physical activity and good health won’t be a surprise to anyone, the fact that there is a direct link between muscle mass and having a long life might be. In fact, “new UCLA research suggests that the more muscle mass older people have, the less likely they are to die prematurely.”
Studies have shown that by maintaining a healthy weight and BMI whilst also focussing on maintaining your muscle mass you may be up to twice as likely to live into your 80s or 90s.
Should I lift weights?
For a lot of people, weightlifting can seem a bit alien. At fit8 we find a lot of our clients haven’t even considered weightlifting for themselves before. But the truth is, lifting weights is for everyone. Any person of any age, gender or personal goal can benefit from adding the right weight training to their exercise programme.
How to lift weights
- Start slowly. It’s important not to risk injuring yourself.
- Listen to your body! Mild to moderate muscle soreness between workouts is normal, but back off if it persists more than a few days.
- Discuss any exercises you are unsure of with an expert, such as your GP or one of our fit8 team.
- Increased bone density
- Great for toning muscles and creating definition
- Improves overall strength and fitness
- Boosts mood
- A great way to burn calories
- Helps to keep unwanted weight off for good
- Increases your energy levels
If you’re looking for any advice in regards to weightlifting, for example, how to start lifting weights to build muscle or to increase strength, then talk to us today.
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