Weight training for life increases quality of life!
Resistance training is often thought to be only applicable to certain populations; competing athletes or gym gurus perhaps. This is a false notion, however, and is one of the most crippling concepts to the health community.
Everyone, and I repeat everyone, needs some form of resistance training.
Many comorbidities and common ailments can be alleviated or even avoided with a well-structured workout plan based around weights.
Why else do people physically train their bodies?
Athletes train to increase their performance during competition, others train to compete against themselves and see what their body is physically capable of. Both are noble purposes, and both have the same basic end goal; to challenge the body and increase capabilities.
Why is this any different for the rest of the population?
Stronger bodies are more competently able to succeed in everyday operations. Training for athletes has been mentioned to increase physical capabilities during sporting events. But what about the normal everyday ‘events’ that everybody has to contend with?
Standing up from a chair with ease, running up a flight of stairs, or even having the strength to assist in carrying boxes, unloading the shopping from the car, gardening…all count as “events”. As we age our strength and abilities gradually decrease; this is a fate that escapes no one.
But we can alleviate its effects!
Resistance training is the only thing that can prevent a drastic decline in capability with an increase of age.
As we age our bodies decline in functional capability.
Unfortunately, this is the way of the world. However it does not have to be a catastrophic decline. If we can increase strength and capacity at optimal times then, as we age, we decline at a level far better than if we had gone without strength training.
Below is a crude chart depicting the ideology of what happens with training the whole life (blue line), not training at all (orange line), and starting a program later in life (gray line) of the same theoretical person.
The tale of the graph
The horizontal axis depicts dividing the lifespan from when you start life (1) up until life ends (4), and the vertical axis depicts strength or capacity under normal circumstances on a scale of 1-10. As you can see, each scenario starts in the same place, but the situation in which this person has always trained (blue line) quickly distinguishes themselves from the other two scenarios.
And let’s not be too literal here; I know according to this chart it’s as if the blue line started training when they were a baby. The analogy assumes that this theoretical person starts at an appropriate age and capacity. Where the gray and orange line split shows the scenarios of starting to train later in life, versus not training at all.
With consistent training through the lifetime (blue line), the person hits a theoretical relative max or peak well above the other two scenarios.
Natural aging process takes over for each scenario, but it is important to note that both the consistent training (blue line) and the situation in which this person picked up training later (gray line) decline at a lesser rate than the one who never trained (orange line). Furthermore, both training scenarios end at a higher relative capacity than the scenario that did no training.
It is also important to note that this is not official data, but a visual representation of how consistent resistance training could affect a normal person with no extenuating circumstances.
Further reasons and requirements for weight training for life in Part 2…
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