Strength training (also called resistance training) makes your body more sensitive to insulin and can lower blood . It helps to maintain and build strong muscles and bones, reducing your risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures.
The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn – even when your body is at rest.
Preventing muscle loss by strength training is also the key to maintaining an independent lifestyle as you age.
We Recommend: doing some type of strength training at least 2 times per week in addition to aerobic activity.
Below are examples of strength training activities:
- Weight machines or free weights at the gym
- Using resistance bands
- Lifting light weights or objects like canned goods or water bottles at home
- Calisthenics or exercises that use your own body weight to work your muscles (examples are pushups, sit ups, squats, lunges, wall-sits and planks)
- Classes that involve strength training
- Other activities that build and keep muscle like heavy gardening