Breathe Health Club Urangan personal trainers Katie Farrar and Josh Hoodless.
Breathe Health Club Urangan personal trainers Katie Farrar and Josh Hoodless. Contributed

Use it or lose it, Urangan personal trainer advises

OPINION: When it comes to our muscles, "if you don't use it, you lose it," says local personal training expert Josh Hoodless.

So why not weight-train as part of your regular exercise routine and increase muscle mass while burning calories and body fat too?

And strength training isn't just for 'macho' guys, it has benefits for all adults, and particularly is showing great results with the over 40s age bracket in increasing bone mass and much more.

Strength or resistance training works when a heavy weight is lifted, causing a small breakdown of the muscle fibres, which is then rapidly repaired by the body laying down extra protein.

This makes the muscle cell stronger, which makes you become stronger.

Not only do you become stronger, making it easier to lift and carry, it can also encourage a better posture.

Much research has been done about the effect our posture has on our body and hormones.

Simply having the strength to stand straight with shoulders back has a huge positive impact on which hormones are released, how we feel about ourselves and even how young we look.

Weight loss is another great side effect.

"Strength training increases your metabolism, can correct some hormonal imbalances and transforms your entire body", says local personal trainer Katie Farrar.

"As we build muscle, calories are burned more efficiently, and several chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and some thyroid disorders can be improved.

"Our body becomes generally healthier and more resilient, while naturally releasing hormones that can help correct these disorders," said Ms Farrar.

Strength training can even prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures.

Josh suggests, "The best option for adults wishing to increase bone density is a regular program utilising a range of exercises that challenge all major muscles.

"Elderly adults can experience a great increase in bone density from this type of training," he said.



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