The recommendations for how much we need to be active include cardio (walking and running) and strength training. You hear plenty about how important moving is but may not know or hear much about the importance of strength training. It is critical for overall health. Strength training includes anything you do to stress your muscles. It can be using stretch bands, weights, or even your own body weight. Here are some advantages of building and maintaining your muscle mass as you age.
Helps control weight.
Having less muscle has been shown to be an increased risk of being overweight and gaining weight as you age.
Decrease risk of chronic illness.
Higher levels of muscle mass are associated with a lower risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.
Decrease the risk of falls.
Stronger muscles help with our balance and decrease the risk of falling.
Overall feeling of wellbeing.
Being strong improves your mood and self-confidence.
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