It is extremely important, especially the older we get, to do some form of Strength training. Whether you use machines (my least favorite), resistance tubing and bands, free weights, or your own body weight, strength training is a must to maintain muscle and bone strength! Having strong muscles and bones gives you the ability to perform Activiities of Daily Living with ease. Activities of Daily Living include climbing stairs, getting in and out of a car, picking up groceries or a grandchild and to have strong footing to stop a fall!
The benefits of strength training are endless! It will lower your blood pressure, lower your blood sugar, decrease depression and basically make you a healthier person. Ladies, how did you do on your Bone Density Test? If your results were not as good as you expected, don't worry, we can reverse those bad results. Of course listen to your doctor, BUT I will tell you that starting a strength training program is the best thing that you can do to reverse those bad results!!!!!
Remember, always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
ps I mentioned to listen to your doctor but I have to say that at this point in time I am extremely undecided on taking calcium supplements and the Boniva type drugs. I do agree that taking a Vitamin D supplement is extremely important if you are deficient as well as getting an adequate supply of calcium in your diet.
Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness."Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure." quote by Joseph Pilates
"We retire too early and we die too young, our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100." quote by Joseph Pilates
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