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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/

 

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