As discussed in our article earlier this week, strength training can help you maintain a healthy weight and lead to a better quality of life. There are various ways you can practice strength training. Some ways to train involve weights and various resistance exercise products. In the gym you will see an entire section devoted to strength and conditioning. Below we’ve listed some helpful strength and resistance exercises you can do to strength train.
You don’t have to look like a professional bodybuilder to get the benefits of strength training. In fact, you don’t have to do any heavy lifting if you do not want to. One set of eight to twelve repetitions, working the muscles to the point of fatigue, is usually enough for each muscle group. For example, the bicep curl is great for arm strength. Simply grab a pair of CanDo® dumbbells at any resistance you are most comfortable with and begin by putting a dumbbell in each hand. Have your arms flat against your body with your forearms facing out. This will be your resting position that you will go back to after each rep or repetition. Proceed to do a curl with the dumbbells all the way up to your chest. Bring your arms back to resting position. Do this repeatedly for eight to twelve repetitions to perform one complete set.
Resistance Band Training
Resistance bands are a great alternative to lifting weights. This is because you can use your own body as the weight instead of accidentally picking up some heavy object. Resistance bands are also very versatile as they can be used to increase strength in your arms as well as your legs. To increase leg strength, it is recommended to do squats with a resistance band. To begin, grab a CanDo® Band Exercise Loop of a resistance that you feel comfortable with. Place your feet inside the band. Stand up with your feet shoulder-width apart and make sure the loop band is around your ankles. Then do a normal squat with your knees bent and your glutes sticking out. Return to the starting position and then repeat this exercise eight to twelve times.
With the right equipment, practicing strength and resistance exercises can be both fun and effective. To see if strength training is right for you, please consult your doctor.
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Article written by William Graves.