Timeless Fitness Tip
Strength training is a great lifestyle choice to make to increase bone density. As we age, our bodies change. We lose muscle mass and bone density.
One result of these changes can be extra abdominal fat. As muscle strength declines in the abdominal area, gravity begins to move the internal organs out of place. When this occurs, the waist will thicken.
Strength training will reduce the effects of gravity in the abdominal area and elsewhere. Abdominal fat is a sign of heart disease risk. The two go hand in hand. Measures, such as strength training, can help to counter attack these changes.
Possible Strength Training Risk Factors
Here is a list of risk factors to help you decide if you should talk to a physician before beginning a strength training program.
- Any cardiovascular disease including chest pains at rest or exertion.
- Family history of coronary heart disease before the age of 55.
- high cholesterol, generally above 200.
- Abnormal ECG, or cardiac arrhythmias.
- Chronic hypertension.
- Extreme Obesity.
- Any chronic muscular or joint problem.
- Currently pregnant, or within 3 months of delivery.
- Recent surgery.
- Years of a sedentary lifestyle.
Prevent Osteoporosis with Strength Training
Research has proven that strength training exercise is an excellent form of exercise for preventing osteoporosis. Weight-bearing or strength-training activities increase the flow of bone hardening calcium into the skeleton. Studies have found the spinal bones of weight lifters to be approximately 15 percent denser than the bones of runners or people who do not exercise. While runners had denser thigh bones than inactive people, the weight lifters thigh bones were even denser than the runners; by an additional 11 percent. Osteoporosis afflicts both men and women.
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