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The importance of strength training

It is important to keep our body in shape and use it regularly, especially with the sedated lives many of us live with computers, cars, television and other modern comforts. It is generally recommended that we do at least half an hour of exercise every day merely to maintain our bodies. If we want to counter the stresses to our bodies, it is important to build our strength as well as endurance.

Strength training can help you avoid many of the pains and discomforts which comes from excessive time spent in front of the computer and at the desk. For many people who suffer from tense shoulders and sore backs by the end of a day, a regular routine of strength training can practically eliminate the pains and help you maintain a healthy posture.

A routine 3 times a week for half an hour can create amazing results and be the first step to a life where tense and sore muscles after a work day is history only. Combine the strength training with cardiac exercise such as brisk walking, biking, running or swimming to obtain the best conditions for your body and your health.

It is important to strengthen the muscles which are lengthened and weakened due to postural distortion in order to help the body move back to a balanced alignment where the bones support the weight, and not the muscles.

Apart from countering pains and problems from computer use, there are many physical benefits to strength training, among those are:

  • Increased Metabolic Rate – muscle mass burns more calories than fat. So merely by being stronger, you’ll use more energy and it can be a good supplement to a weightless program.
  • Bones are strengthened and the training can prevent osteoporosis and delay the deterioration of bones which comes with age.
  • Increased strength and endurance which benefits the overall performance level and enables us to engage longer in all sort of physical activities; playing with the children in the park, gardening, dancing, housework and so on.
  • Many injuries happens because the muscles are not strong enough. Training can prevent a wide range of injuries coming from ordinary living.
  • When our muscles are stronger our balance is improved. The muscles main function is the keep the skeleton aligned and make sure we can stand and sit straight without falling to one side. With training the muscles gain strength which increases their control over the body.
  • Strength training is an exercise just like running, swimming and walking is. The same benefits apply, like decreased risk of heart related diseases, lowering blood pressure, decreasing cholesterol etc.
  • Flexibility is increased with strength training

To add to this, a regular training routine will make you feel better about yourself. Not only due to the exercise and getting better sleep, having less stress and be more energized, but also make you feel more satisfied with your body and how it looks. It is easy to begin a program; the investment is small and you can start right in your own home.

About Pia Poulsen

Pia Poulsen is educated as a wellness massage therapist at Institut FIGARI in Paris, from where she passed her certification exam in January 2008. Since then she has expanded her skills to become the first Advanced LaStone® practitioner in France as well as a certified LaStone® instructor.


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