"Do I need to go to the gym?"
In a word? No - you don’t need to go to the gym, but you do need to do some type of resistance training. This can come from body weight excercises (such as squats), stretchy bands, simple weights etc, it doesn’t have to mean the gym. When people think of the gym or resistance training they think of Arnold Schzneger and massive muscles. The simplest concept of resistance training is improving joint stability, improving joint/muscle coordination and improving muscle tone.
Why is joint stability important? Say you need to pick up a heavy plant pot, if your stability isn’t there a pulled muscle, tendon, ligament, or disc prolapse may occur. You need functional strength and stability to do the jobs your body is designed to do. The opposite of this would be someone who goes to the gym 5 days a week and has big muscles. They will have great strength and stability but likely poor flexibility. They can pick up that heavy plant pot with ease but may struggle to put their socks on.
By doing some type of stability training 2-3 times a week you can keep your body functional without having to put too much effort in. Another benefit of resistance training is the benefits to your skeletal system.
Osteoporosis and osteopenia are common problems in society and it can be a case of ‘use it or lose it’. The skeletal system is designed to support the body and deal with the forces applied to our body. The more load we apply the stronger our bones will become. Conversely, if we become lazy, ill, busy and not stress our body the bones will become weaker as they feel they don’t need to be strong. Over time we lose the structural cortex of the bone and they become brittle. Say you have a slip and land on your hip you then you would have a higher chance of a fracture.
If you feel you want to start exercise but not sure where to begin just talk to one of the team here at Bodyworx Health Clinic - we can advise on the best course of action to take.
Call now on 02380 019099.