Strength is about being alive and enjoying life!
I love being strong! It makes me feel capable, especially as I get older. And I know it is one of the best ways to keep my body young. And I love speaking with our clients here at Strand Fitness (my personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton, IL) about being strong. You can sense how important strength is to them as they get older. They want to do the things that are most important to them in life, and strength is an enabler of those things in life.
Find your “why.” It keeps you in the game!
Everyone has a different “why” for wanting to be strong. The important thing is to know your “why.” It is the driving force to get you to the gym. When you are struggling with priorities, keeping your “why” in mind helps sort out how you will spend your time. Whether being strong is about activities such as golfing, hiking, and playing with the grandkids or about being confident in your body and what it can do, make being strong about what you enjoy most and what brings you the most satisfaction in life. It keeps you in the game!
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Challenge your muscles!
In the pursuit of strength, think about engaging as many muscles as you can in your body. Life is a full body sport after all!
Whether you lift higher weight with lower reps or higher reps with lower weights, the key is to feel the burn. You need to engage the muscles fully in order to develop the strength. And you are going to sweat!
There are many low impact ways, which is important for slightly older joints, to build strength. Proper technique is essential. And giving your body time to rest and recover between workout sessions is important too. Two strength training sessions a week will get the job done. Three is even better!
Mix it up!
We are likely to have settled in to predictable patterns of movement now that we are a bit older. And some parts of our body don’t get much work. Therefore, we need to mix it up! Exercise our bodies in different planes of motion – e.g. moving side to side, going forwards and backwards, and twisting. And be sure to target muscles that you don’t use much during the day – e.g. hamstrings and glutes. This keeps everything functional!
Another way of “mixing it up” is to do different strength training activities. Vary the exercises you do for each muscle group. And vary the activities – e.g., lifting free weights one session and then do body weight exercises the next. Or mix in a yoga class in addition to your regular strength training workouts.
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Tailor your training to you!
Let’s face it. By the time we are “slightly older,” we have some trouble spots in our bodies. Old injuries, conditions like arthritis, stiff joints, back issues, osteoporosis – the list gets pretty long! Strength training can help you manage these situations, minimize their limitations on your movement, and even make them (and your life!) better.
It also takes our bodies longer to recover from exercise than it did in the past. This is just our reality. There is no need to “hit it hard” day after day. In fact that may work against any gains in strength. It may take some experimentation to learn how best to work your body and get the results you want. Hang in there. Finding “your way” of building strength is well worth the wait!
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Strand Fitness is a personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton, IL. We specialize in highly personalized fitness programming for the “slightly” older body. We also serve Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Carol Stream and Chicago Western Suburbs.
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