What do you think about when you hear the phrase “strength training”? Most patients I ask this question to often tell me they think of athletes in a gym with heavy bars, balls, dumbells, and other fancy equipment. They think about big vanity muscles and a “hobby” that they just are not interested in. Strength training is so much more than that, and is something that EVERY adult should participate in, regardless of the age. It is so important, that many professional organizations, including the CDC, recommend regular muscle-strengthening activities. The CDC recommends “activities that make your muscles work harder than usual” at least 2 days a week for all adults (https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm ).
We believe that strength is like your bank account – the more you have saved up, the more prepared you are for life. Why is strength training so important? There are numerous health benefits to strength training.
Here are 3 of them:
That sounds great, but HOW can we improve strength?
Many patients that graduate physical therapy is given strength exercises that are important to continue even beyond their episode of care. If you have lost track of your strength exercises, or are interested in starting a strength training program and don’t know where to start, contact your New Life Physical Therapist to discuss the best options and recommendations.
Most people have no clue where they stand with their strength until it begins to fail them. Failing strength can mean inability to physically perform tasks, or pain while attempting to do physical activities.
In May, we will be hosting our “Greatest Promotion Ever” spring event on this exact topic. We will be performing strength and injury prevention screens that look at core pillar stability as well as 6 basic movements that every person should be able to perform. We will evaluate if people are successful or unsuccessful and if unsuccessful set up a plan to dive deeper into why.
If you want to know where you stand, contact us at 608.742.9356, and mention this article to schedule your appointment FREE of charge ($80 value).