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Don'T Underestimate The Value Of Strength Training



I am guilty of this myself. The tendency is too look at the calories burned when completing a cardio session and feeling great about the accomplishment. But ST is critical in building muscle, preventing injury and in firming up all those jiggling problem areas- along with many other benefits.

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  • Building muscle also helps burn more calories! The more muscle you have the easier it is to burn off those extra calories! That is why men can get away with eatting more than women & still lose weight! - by TRIDPATH
  • I work with elderly people and the men have it WAY over the women as far as daily living skills because of their inherent upper body strength. Ladies need to work on this! - by MEADSBAY
  • I certainly realize how importanT is I circuit train 3 morning a week for 60 minutes.
    And for those 61 year old arms, GingerVista, my arms are 70 years old an I and the majority of the people working out in the morning are of the "older" years.
    I know the more muscle I have better to burn the calories and build better bones.
    You just have to get started, it doesn't take much. No one said you have to be a weight lifter.
    I know one 85year old, she lifts 5 and 10 lbs , and she does this 3 days a week.
    I hoe I am still able to do that id not more at that age.
    Take care,
    Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon - by TUBLADY
  • As I age, I realize more and more the contribution of strength training in staying injury free. emoticon - by GREATGRANNY55
  • I know I need to do some strength training. I just can't seem to get started. - by SUZICANDO
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  • Agreed. Thanks for sharing. - by LEANMEAN2
  • This is so "RIGHT ON".................Do it!! Working with weights is like polishing your car or adding garnish to your favorite dish when you serve it!
    It helps the body to absorb calcium which is important to both males & females.
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    PS If you haven't been doing this you should start low (like 1 - 2 lbs) and work your way up.. Best to ask a coach or salesman who would provide a educated answer on what would be best for you! emoticon - by -SHOREIDO-
  • I just started strength training last mont through pulmonary rehab. I'm really enjoying it. emoticon - by DEEALLEN9100
  • I am really feeling a difference from an increased intention of Strength training. - by SJKENT1
  • I really notice it at work when I am slipping on my weight training. And YES it does help prevent injuries. I need to use my barbells more (I used to train almost 90 percent with a barbell in high school and then do as many chin ups afterwards). - by CHRIS3874
  • I agree - by DELLMEL
    so very true - by LCRUMLEY81
  • So true.......I am working on being consistent in this area. Thanks for the reminder. - by GWINNER1
  • I have only been using weights about 10-12 months, but already can feel some muscle beneath the flab on my arms and thighs. That creates motivation! emoticon
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    Thanks for sharing. - by BANNERMAN
    Strength training is a regular part of my exercise. It gives my body better posture, my muscles more definition, and allows me to do everyday tasks more easily. - by VAINVT
  • This is a good reminder of the benefits of strength training, and its importance!

    emoticon - by PYNETREE
  • Yes, it is and we have weights, we do push ups and wheel competitions at work! What a great environment in keeping fit. emoticon - by SUNSET09
  • thank you for sharing - by LEANMEAN2
  • God thought - by HYATTI1
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  • I love strength training. It makes me strong! - by LYNCHD05
  • The logical part of my brain knows how valuable strength training is....HOWEVER, the emotional part, well that's a totally different story.... - by DEEUP1214
  • Love it! Love it! love it! Plus you burn more calories when you build muscle!!! - by PRIN1978
    Boy I do this. I need to ST but can't do weights. So I need to go the strap route. - by WRITINGDIVA1
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So very true!!!!! - by DEARTOMYHEART
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    True, true! - by FOX8518
  • The older we get the more muscle mass counts toward good health and mobility.I have found that walking keeps the legs strong but the shoulders arms and upper body need the weight training. - by ACINNOREV
    When it comes to strength training, I find this is one activity I need to do with someone. I used a personal trainer for years just to keep it entertaining and active. My husband is a big weight lifter and when our schedules work (he is currently working 7 days a week) we go together and that helps as well.

    I don't have this problem at all with cardio. Isn't that weird? - by ACICEDA
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  • I agree and I need to rid myself of the floppy arm fat. emoticon - by PEPE0123
  • I agree! - by ANDRAYAYA
  • Couldn't agree more. Unfortunately, I've let this slide as well; & with 61-year-old arms, this is NOT a good thing!!! emoticon - by GINGERVISTA
  • Thank you , you certainly are right about that. - by TONYVAND1
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  • You are so right! - by PUDLECRAZY
    So true! Thanks for the reminder! - by ROSALACEY2

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