Medicine Hat Women’s Fitness Expert – Heather Roberts

Happy New Year!  All of us at Curves wish you the best in 2018.  In this issue, I would like to touch on a few of the Benefits of Strength Training.

Benefit #1:  Strength Training  will work no matter how old you are.  It is never too late to start!  Studies have shown that strength improvements are possible at any age.

Benefit #2:  Strength Training will help you be a better athlete!  Walking, cross country skiing, cycling, whatever your sport, strength training can increase your proficiency and reduce the risk of injury.

Benefit #3: Evidence shows that strength training is beneficial for people living with pain from arthritis as strong muscles help protect and support our joints.  And the last benefit I want to touch on is Stronger Bones.

Did you know that by about age 21, the body has established all of the bone mineral one will ever have (Reference NOF.org).  Unless you strength train.  Strength training is a powerful tool against osteoporosis.  1 in 2 women age 50 or older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.  You can reduce this risk by doing regular weight bearing exercise, getting the RDA of Calcium and Vitamin D, avoiding smoke and excessive alcohol use.