What population does weight lifting and resistance training benefit most? While these activities are important for youth athletes, business professionals, stay at home moms, and middle aged men alike, they are imperative for seniors! Many of the "age related" issues that the senior demographic seems chronically plagued by including but not limited to arthritis, bone breakage, balance issues, heart disease, diabetes, poor circulation and obesity, can be prevented and even alleviated by introducing a resistance training program.
As a fitness professional in a commercial gym I've seen most of the exercises you could ever imagine. With the wide world of exercise selection floating around the air in the gym as well as on the Internet, it can be over whelming choosing which exercises your should into your personal program. In this article, I have compiled a list of exercises that are underrated and underused. Read on to find out which exercises you may have been skipping over that you should start adding into your routine!
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It goes without saying that when it comes to health and wellness, exercise is a must. Gyms across the nation stay packed with people striving to better themselves inside and out through various fitness avenues. As a fitness professional who has trained hundreds of individuals with goals ranging from fat loss and muscle building to quality of life and posture rehabilitation, I've seen all manner of people and their efforts in the gym; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
As a fitness professional, people often ask me, "What kind of workouts should I be doing?" My answer is usually, "All of them!" While your fitness program should be tailored to your specific goals, that doesn't mean you should focus 100 percent of your workouts on one workout style. A well-
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As a fitness professional, people often ask me, "What kind of workouts should I be doing?" My answer is usually, "All of them!"
While your fitness program should be tailored to your specific goals, that doesn't mean you should focus 100 percent of your workouts on one workout style. A well-
Avoiding boredom with your routine is key. If you don't enjoy something, chances are high you won't stick with it, and consistency and long-
Preventing injury is another major reason to vary your exercise regimen. Repetitive movements done without ample recovery over time put the body at high risk for injuries such as tendinitis, runner's knee, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band syndrome, bursitis and stress fractures.
By working the body in multiple environments with variable resistances and ranges of motion, you prevent overworking certain muscles while under-
Everyone who exercises does so with a result in mind. If you do not adjust your fitness plan as your body adapts to the stimuli you choose to participate in, you will plateau and you will stop seeing results. Failure to implement periodization -
If you hold onto anything from this info, it should be this: Embrace variety and get out of your comfort zone. Yoga increases mobility, core stability and blood flow. Weight training with a well-
Rachel McCord is the Personal Training Director at Proof Fitness