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May 03, 2018 06:12 PM

Fitness Training For Anyone

While getting in your cardio is an important part of staying healthy, experts say you may want to incorporate another form of exercise.

Strength training focuses on resistance and repetitions, using various items such as free weights or even your own body weight. 

The term strength training can sound intimidating at first, but Austin Farnham says don't let it fool you. 

"It doesn't matter what fitness level you're at, anyone can start. It's just all about moderation and then progressing," Austin Farnham said. 

Farnham says the workouts give him confidence, but as he gets older fitness is more about health than appearance.

"When I see that I'm improving at the gym or increasing my repetitions, it just makes you feel good," Farnham said. 

Doing multiple sets of around 10-15 repetitions, pausing for up to a minute in between each set, allows your body to relax while still getting a good workout. 

"It uses resistance, like bands, free weights, body weight. That goes anywhere from doing a simple push-up, pull-up, or using a dumbbell," trainer Ben Mulder said. 

Strength training is exactly what it sounds like, building strength. But fitness trainer Ben Mulder says there are more benefits than just building muscle.

"Improves coordination, metabolism, daily function, balance. So, there's a lot more to it than just actually training your muscles," Mulder said. 

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends incorporating strength training exercises into your routine at lease twice a week, because as we age we naturally start to lose muscle mass.

Mulder says when you're comfortable you can switch to three to four times a week, just as long as you give yourself a day of rest in between. 

"A lot of people, when they hear strength training they think they're going to get bulky or big and they want to stay away from that and do cardio," Mulder said. 

Mulder says that's a big misconception, when in reality the exercises are helping you tone your body and maintain good health. 

And thanks to the variety of exercises and convenience, Farnham says it's easy to accomplish. 

"There's a lot of body weight exercises that you can just do right in your living room, and there's also household things like your stairs, running stairs, or using chairs," Farnham said. 

For more details on the benefits of strength training, click here.

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