Try asking someone about their exercise routine and most people would answer that they religiously maintain an n thousand steps per day count. While walking is a wonderful way to keep fit, is it enough to build good stamina? Balance, strength, and ideal weight are the three pillars on which a healthy body stands. (1) For healthy living, we must follow a workout regime that focuses on all of them equally.
As a fitness blogger, I’m appalled at the misinformation about building muscle strength and endurance. Muscle strength is about how much weight you can lift and endurance is about how many times easily. Lifting weights does not make one look bulky or manly, neither does it need elaborate equipment or expensive gym memberships. However, it does make you stronger inside out for a healthy living.
Helps in maintaining healthy body weight
Strength training helps reduce body fat and expedites the process of burning calories. It also increases the muscle mass of your body. Medicine balls, resistance bands, etc are good ways to shake your idle muscles out of their reverie. While a professional trainer can help, it isn’t imperative. Right from lifting heavy grocery bags to lugging our kids around, women have been doing it for ages!
Reduces risk of injury
Improved muscle strength prepares your body to endure physical stress. Active muscles help in keeping your movements swift and smooth while ensuring better coordination. However, one must be cautious about jumping the gun and learning the right postures. I started with one kg weight and can now go up to five. Practice and patience!
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Low risk of catching infections
Needless to say, healthy living makes you stronger from within which helps in building better immunity. Preventing infections is anytime better than fighting them, right? The right combination of proper nutrition and fitness is the best lifestyle to follow. Add a scientifically formulated nutrition like Ensure. With its 32 vital nutrients, it #EnsureStrongerInsideOut.
Take out half an hour every day for your own well-being and engage in some physical activity. You deserve it.
Healthier and stronger muscles and bones
Muscle contraction during strength training makes them cling closer to the bones due to the production of structural proteins in the bones. It aids in making them stronger. I’ve used household items like water bottles, storage containers, books, etc instead of weight machines and dumbbells at times. Also, I chuck the elevator and take the stairs many times.
Gives confidence and boosts your mental health
Lifting weights is a great way to beat depression and anxiety. (2)Every little achievement works as a great morale booster and fills you with immense pride and confidence. It also gives you the motivation to move out of your comfort zone and try new exercise programs. This feeling of accomplishment has been one of my biggest personal doses of encouragement.
Healthy living incorporates many different factors and muscle building is one of them. Our muscles can age faster than we do; hence working on making them stronger and building our natural immunity is our prime responsibility.
Did you take the muscle age test? What were your results like? Share with me in the comments!
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