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5 Reasons to Start Strength Training for Better Health in 2024

What if there were a way to make everyday activities like lifting groceries, getting in and out of the car or bending over to lift a 20-pound bag of dog food easier and less taxing? Would you be willing to give it a try? Well, good news—there is a way, and it doesn’t require a drastic change or even a gym membership. Strength training helps build and maintain muscle, making daily tasks more manageable and improving your quality of life.

Here are five reasons to get started today!

  1. You may reduce your risk of injury. Sedentary adults can lose up to six pounds of muscle per decade according to Harvard Health. This puts you at a greater risk for injury and may prolong recovery time from everyday mishaps like slipping on ice, for example. As the old saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.
  2. You can start at any age. Think you’re too old to get started? Don’t tell that to Joan MacDonald. At age 70, she began training and working toward a healthier lifestyle. With the support of her daughter and an online group of women looking to change habits, she shed inches, gained confidence in the gym and learned how important it is to strength train. Making a change, like committing to a strength routine, is never easy. But Joan's journey is a testament to the transformative power it can have at any stage of life.
  3. You can start with whatever you have. No dumbbells, kettlebells or barbells? No problem! You can get started with your own body weight with exercises like wall pushups or calf raises. This 7-day exercise plan for beginners includes suggestions for strength training exercises that use only your body weight, light resistance bands or even household items like soup cans.
  4. You can help make everyday tasks easier. If you think about it, sitting down and getting up from a chair is a squat. Getting up from the floor is a lunge. Putting your carry-on luggage in the overhead bin is a shoulder press. Performing functional exercises like squats, lunges and overhead presses on a regular basis can help make many everyday activities less physically demanding.
  5. You may lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Recent research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that resistance training is linked to a 10% to 17% lower risk of premature death from all causes, including heart disease and diabetes.

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