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A lot of the biggest killing diseases these days are lifestyle diseases, which are diseases that could be avoided, or the risk of contracting them could be diminished significantly based on how we choose to live our lives.

These diseases include diabetes, degenerative diseases, joint and heart problems and others.

As we age, a small amount of muscle tissue is lost annually; at a steadily increasing rate. The loss of muscular strength is often associated with a decline in health and the severity of this tissue loss, and is determined by how well we take care of ourselves in the years before we age.

Our lifestyles have become less active than in previous years. Most of us have sedentary jobs, and once we finish working, we come home and sit around some more.

This inactivity is largely responsible for the loss of muscle tissue, and in order to avoid it muscles must be put to use.

The human body was designed to be active and works much better when it is. Without it the body's movement towards decline speeds up progressively.

Strength training is the fastest way to improve muscle strength and endurance.


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If the above is not reason enough to get you to start strength training (or continue with vigor) here are 7 more reasons to get going.

  1. Lifting weights both tones your muscles and strengthens your bones. Women significantly reduce the risk for osteoporosis by strength training 2-3 times weekly.
  2. Strength training quickens your metabolism, and can help you stop the natural decline in the speed of your metabolism that starts around 30.
  3. The strength of your body and of your immune system are parallel - the stronger you are physically, the easier it is to fight off infections.
  4. The more you strength train, the more confident and happy you are.
  5. Your posture will improve.
  6. You will decrease the risk of developing age-induced diabetes.
  7. Strength training reduces the chances of lower back injuries.

Without strength training no workout is complete.


Sue

Sue blogs at www.bodybuildersboard.com/blogs; mainly about fitness and health, and getting them to work with your life.



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