Finding the Strength to Train

Have you heard the myth that strength training will cause you to bulk up? The truth is strength training is an important part of a healthy lifestyle; it raises metabolism, promotes balance/coordination, and enhances appearance.

  • Weight to proceed: Your best bet is a weight that’s heavy enough to require effort, yet light enough for proper form. If you’re not sure, ask a professional trainer to minimize the risk of muscle stress and injury.
  • Go for quality, not quantity: Weight training is all about resistance — pushing your body against a certain mass to create muscle. A repetition is 1 complete movement through an exercise. Depending on the exercise, 8–12 reps are usually appropriate.
  • Mirror the right posture: Pay special attention to how you hold your body when you work out. Slouching can lead to muscle stiffness/soreness or injuries to your back and spine. Exercising in front of a mirror will help you maintain good posture.

Unlike cardio, strength training doesn’t have to be an everyday activity. In fact, it’s best to give your muscles a rest. Aim for 2–3 strength training sessions a week. Consider time with a personal trainer to learn what strength training exercises are best for you and your objectives.

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