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WHAT IS RESISTANCE TRAINING?

Resistance training is any exercise that causes the muscle to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increasing strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance. The external resistance can be dumbbells, rubber exercising tubing, your own body weight, bricks, bottles of water, or any other object that causes the muscle to contract.

WHY DO RESISTANCE TRAINING?
  • It builds muscle strength and tone. Humans lose 5 pounds of muscle every decade after 30 years of age.
  • The number of muscle fibres decline with age, from the age of 30 to the age of 70 we can lose more than 25% of the type 2 muscle fibres in our bodies (type 2 are our strength fibres). Resistance training can slow down the ageing process by building muscle mass and strength.
  • Resistance training has been shown to build bone. Osteoporosis, a condition of accelerated bone mineral loss which leads to fractures, can be a crippling disease, both in men and women. Research on resistance training suggests that it can even build bone in the elderly.
  • More strength can lead to fewer falls in the elderly.
  • Resistance training can raise the metabolic rate which is important for burning calories.
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