Did you know? Once you're in your 30's your muscle mass has already dropped 8%, resulting in loss of strength, power and balance. Unless you do something about it.
How does exercise prevent injuries?
- Improved bone health - Weight bearing exercises are essential for building and maintaining healthy bones. Any activity you do while on your feet and legs that works the muscles and bones against gravity is considered ‘weight bearing’.
- Improved flexibility - Flexibility is an essential component of injury prevention as it keeps muscles in good working order A simple way to improve your flexibility is to perform stretching exercises.
- Weight loss - Carrying extra weight, puts your joints, bones and muscles under extra pressure to perform. Managing your weight will help in injury prevention and a great way to start is with cardio activities. For the beginners a combination of aerobic and resistance training will maximise your weight loss results and is a great way to stay toned once you have reached your goals.
- Improved joint health - Most age related stiffness is simply a result of inactivity. There are plenty of exercises you can do to strengthen your joints – and the results will be well worth the effort. Try swimming, climbing stairs or stretching.
- When you move, your muscle temperature will be increased as blood flow around the body is increased. Warm muscles contract smoothly and more efficiently, reducing the risk of a muscle strain.
- Improved Range of Motion (ROM). Loosening the muscles and making them contract more smoothly, and be more elastic as they warm can reduce the resistance they cause at joints. This means improved range of motion, and less strain on the joints.
Any form of exercise is beneficial and can help you prevent injury and disease. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise each day, but remember, if this sounds too hard - you can break it up into 3 x 10 minute blocks. There is a lot of different things you can do to get moving, the key is to find something you enjoy!
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