Sprains, strains, and knee injuries are among the most common sports injuries, but even the non-athlete can twist an ankle on uneven terrain, suffer a back strain lifting and carrying a too-heavy box of books, or slip on a slick surface, fall and crack a bone. And then there are our knees, which are subject to stress every day as we walk, go up and down the stairs, exercise, or play sports.
Whether it's exercise or daily life, the best way to avoid pain, tension or an injury in the gym is to do regular strength training. In the UK, the NHS recommends doing two sessions or more of muscle-strengthening exercises a week. According to the NHS, Strength and flexibility exercises will help you increase muscle strength, maintain bone density, improve balance and reduce joint pain.
Are you interested in learning more? Keep reading below as we share a few ways in which Strength Training can help you improve your life.
Strength training builds stronger muscles that can more effectively keep you balanced. Strength training also may increase proteins in muscle fibres that contribute to a quick reaction time. Especially useful in situations that might topple you, such as uneven terrain or slippery footing. Strength training can also help properly align your spine and straighten your posture.
Powers your core
Properly executed resistance training helps keep core muscles healthy and strong. Your core extends from your abs as well as side and back muscles and wraps around your torso. This area of your body contributes significantly to your body's stability for standing, walking and moving.
Protects your joints
In addition to muscles, strength training strengthens bones and joints starting from tendons and ligaments around main joints such as the hip and knee, helping the body prevent injury.
Studies show that strength training over a period of time can help prevent bone loss, and may even help build new bone, which is excellent news, especially for women, who are more prone to developing osteoporosis than men. Working out regularly both before and after menopause can significantly lower your risk of developing osteoporosis.
Establishing your fitness routine can help you keep active. At Curves, we are more than a gym; we are a community! We offer a safe environment for women of all ages with a coach at your side at all times.
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