Most of us have a favourite go-to exercise. For me, it is almost anything cardio: step aerobics, Zumba, walking…. I’ve recently added aqua aerobics to my list. I love to start my mornings with movement and music. For my daughter, on the other hand, strength training is her first choice. Although I’d rather be dancing, I make sure I include strength training (two to three times a week) because I am aware of its many benefits, especially for a woman in her fifties.
According to an article in Global NEWS, regular strength training (two to three times a week) can…
- boost metabolism and fat loss
- keep bones strong and healthy
- regulate insulin and lower inflammation
- improve posture, sleep, mood and energy levels
- improve strength and endurance
- improve balance and reduce the risk for falls
- boost confidence
When my motivation is flagging, my daughter reminds me that I am creating permanent Spanx that I don’t have to wriggle into in order to look and feel good in my clothing.
You don’t have to go to a gym to do strength training, although you might want to initially work with a trainer to ensure proper form and have a program created for you. I have exercise bands and free weights in my house. There are lots of excellent videos on Youtube. I really enjoy Jessica Smith. Coach Nicole’s videos are also a great place to start.