Today’s Featured Comment
As a fitness professional and expert of 28 years, I have found with myself and my female clients, that the best exercise is total body strength training. One thing that is great about strength training, is that it actually strengthens all the bones in your body and improves posture (when done correctly!).
Also, when you incorporate a total body strength training routine as a part of your regular exercise program, you are reaping SO many more benefits, preventative and corrective, that supplements, medicine, even nutrition alone cannot address.
It’s like weight loss….sure you might want easy, effortless, no work, no sweat, no time, no thought, do-it-in-your-sleep treatments, plans or programs, BUT, the overall health benefits of good clean nutrition AND total-body strength training absolutely cannot be beat.
Think “total health” and “wholistic health” and “wellness” when you consider bone health. Where can you get the best bang from your buck and time?
Total body strength training, combats some of the things that we are told are “normal” with aging:
- loss of lean muscle tissue
- loss of bone density
- loss of strength
- loss of balance
- loss of coordination
- loss of kinesthetic awareness (where your body is in space and time)
- loss of endurance
- loss of stamina
- loss of flexibility
- loss of heart health
- loss of common sense!
Just kidding. But when you begin a total body strength training program (and I always include special types of exercises that are non-traditional in nature to challenge in so many ways for best results), you will see positive results in all of those listed and so many more.
I’ve even had clients that have been told it’s “normal” for them because of family history, show great improvements in bone density. AND the fear of falling is decreased greatly because they are more “sure-footed” and balanced when they are walking. They are stronger and more aware of what their body is doing.
(Can you tell I’m passionate about the many benefits of great exercise?)
So, even if you choose to take supplements, medicine or change your eating habits…..add total body strength training. It seals the deal! And above all……HAVE FUN doing it!
[This comment was originally posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]
What strength-training exercises do you do?