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Understanding Muscles Imbalances: Strength Exercises
by Judy Heller, June 09, 2017

Strength training for older people provides cognitive function, economic benefits and applies to those of you younger: A one-year follow-up study on seniors who participated in a strength training exercise program shows sustained cognitive benefits as well as savings for the healthcare system.

Muscle fiber peaks in the third decade. If you don’t use it, you do lose it. A Canadian study suggests that once-weekly resistance training is cost saving, and the right type of exercise for seniors to achieve maximum economic and health benefits.

Regardless of age, whether from everyday living or from overtraining one muscle group at the expense of another, these imbalances often cause common joint and back problems. The simplest solution to imbalance is to make sure your workout routine gives equal time to working the strength and flexibility of each muscle group.

When designing a program the current recommendations are for both slow and fast movements to engage both slow twitch and fast twitch muscle fibers. Be aware of what’s happening with your body. If you suffer from pain or discomfort, stop! Determine what’s causing the discomfort. Other signs signaling to stop exercising are dizziness, nausea, and cramping. These could be signs of overexertion & dehydration.

What are the overall benefits of Strength / Power Training?

  • Improve muscle strength
  • Gain Endurance
  • Feeling empowered
  • Enrich physical and mental health
  • Improve your numbers (cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure)
  • Help control Strength
  • Improves body composition and appearance
  • Strengthen Bones
  • Improves Sports Performance

What are the benefits of Strength Training for Walkers?

  • Increase your walking speed and distance
  • Increase your ability to climb hills
  • To restore and maintain muscle balance in order to promote posture and good body mechanics
  • Decrease your risk of first-time walking injuries
  • Decrease your risk of re-injury

    For more information on Strength Training programs Judy.

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