Time to pump it up!
Workout Session 2
We all know that being active is important, but we often focus
on cardiovascular exercise like walking or cycling and leave the
weights to body builders.
However, weights (or resistance) training is an important part of
any exercise program for every age and ability. Building your
strength through resistance training can boost your energy and help
protect you from injury.
Best of all, the more lean muscle we have the higher our
metabolism. This means that we burn more kilojoules without even
trying! Sounds good doesn't it.
Resistance training doesn't just have to be about body builders
and scary gym equipment. Diabetes Queensland's fitness experts have
put together a no-fuss strength training program that will help to
build muscle and strength. Run through the program 2-3 times per
week remembering to warm up and cool down before and after. As your
strength and fitness improves you might like to add small hand
weights to increase the resistance.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) Emma Briskey recommends
always seeking medical advice before starting a new exercise
program, particularly if it has been a while since you were last
active. If you have a medical condition it is strongly advised to
talk with your GP and/or an AEP prior to starting exercise -
especially if you'd like to increase your exercise intensity. You
can find an Accredited Exercise Physiologist by visiting http://www.essa.org.au/