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Day 11: Movement Monday #2

Resistance training has many benefits for people of all ages and experience. It’s never too late to introduce this type of training into your routine!

What are the benefits?

  • Feel stronger
  • Increase energy levels
  • Manage weight
  • Manage blood pressure

How does it work? 

‘Resistance’ just means working against a weight or force, so this could be done using dumbbells, tins of beans, a rucksack, or even your own body weight.

By making your muscles work under more stress, you are encouraging them to make key adaptations. One example of this is increasing the number of muscle fibres it uses to perform a specific movement. Think about an army with different regiments – when the workload is low, the army may only employ a few regiments to do the work, however, if these regiments can’t keep up with their workload, more regiments will be assigned. Overtime, the more muscle fibres you recruit and use, the stronger the muscle becomes and the easier the exercise feels.

Day-to-day activities gradually become easier and as you have more ‘active tissue’, your body’s energy requirement increases. Alongside a good diet, this can help achieve different goals, such as weight loss.

We’ll be showing you some different ideas for exercises over the coming weeks! Any questions, please shout!

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