By Zac O’Brien – Exercise Physiologist
As an accredited exercise physiologist, I often get asked: “What is the best form of exercise I can do’’? If I had to give you one answer, the answer would be strength training! Strength training is often avoided due to several reasons with common answers being:
- I don’t know what to do
- I don’t have any gym equipment
- I’m afraid that I will hurt myself
- I’m too old
- I don’t have time
All of these should not be a concern, as strength training is easily accessible, requires little to no equipment, is suitable for everybody and has a low risk of injury when performed correctly.
Strength training is any form of exercise that requires a muscle to contract under some sort of load. This includes body weight exercise, resistant band exercises, free weights or machine-based exercises.
Benefits of strength training include:
- Improved muscular strength and endurance
- Improved lean muscle mass
- Increased metabolism
- Improved bone density and strength
- Reduced symptoms associated with osteoarthritis
- Improved athletic performance
- Improved ability to perform activities of daily living.
One demographic who can benefit a lot from strength training is the elderly population. Strength training has been shown to be of major importance for healthy ageing as it helps with improving ease of activities of daily living and helps reduce the risk of falls.
As an accredited exercise physiologist with a bachelor’s degree under my belt, me and the rest of the Exercise Physiologists at Hoys Allied Health + Wellness are well equipped to developed individualised strength programs in one on one or group settings, for a wide range of goals.
So, call our friendly Hoys Allied Health + Wellness team on 6652 7355 and find out the options available to get you up and moving and stronger than ever!