Strong Not Skinny

Lifting weights in a functional capacity improves the longevity of physical and mental health. Training using movements like the squat, deadlift, lunges, presses and pulls reflect how we move on a daily basis. If we train and exercise to move well to be better at living, to perfect everyday movements we can avoid common injuries that are often caused outside of the gym due to exposed weaknesses.

Back when I first started coaching groups, I was privileged to be offered an opportunity to coach women who had never experienced any type of strength training before.

The progress and ability of these women were incredible, in less than 6 months they were achieving goals both in life and fitness that they never considered possible before. It built camaraderie, confidence and courage. Watching others thrive through the benefits of functional movement has been key in my motivation to reach out to as many people as possible to encourage including resistance training in their fitness routines.

What is a functional movement?

Consider for a moment the things you do daily;

  • Deadlift - Bending your knees to pick up keys that have fallen on the floor

  • Overhead Press - Reaching up to put a suitcase or bag back in a cupboard

  • Farmers carry - Carrying shopping bags to the car

  • A clean - Picking up a child or pet

  • Push-up - Getting up off the floor

  • Squat - Sitting on the toilet

Now imagine for a moment that those tasks needed assistance. Resistance training helps to create and keep independence and improves empowerment. Having someone else help with using the toilet is probably not on a list of things most people want.

During my time as a CrossFit Coach and having lost 40kg I learned first hand the detriment a sedentary lifestyle has on posture, movement capacity and how resistance training is a highly beneficial solution to improve overall health, fitness and wellbeing.

I saw the focus, health, posture and well-being of those women thrive, in some cases a reduction of medication, blood pressure and back pain.

It's not just women who benefit, I have seen this in my male clients too.

Strong muscle creates stronger bones

Many women who have gone through menopause develop Osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones making them fragile and more likely to break. Whilst it can affect both sexes, women are more at risk than men, especially if their menopausal symptoms start before the age of 45. This is because oestrogen (a female sex hormone) plays a major role in our ability to build new strong bones. The reason we need to be concerned about Osteoporosis is that it can develop slowly over several years without any visible signs or symptoms but can lead to an increased risk of fractures. As we age and want to continue working and living independently as long as possible, this is something we need to take seriously. When it comes to osteoporosis prevention is key!

"It's never too late to be who you might have been" - George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

Weight-bearing exercises help keep bones strong because the action of the muscles pulling against the bone to create movement increases the circulation of blood and nutrients to the bone, stimulating bone formation and the retention of calcium in the bones bearing the load.

We can’t turn back the clock but we can try and delay bone degeneration.

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