Mindset, Attitude and Practice are the elements of Our Lives. We need to be healthy enough to be fit. We need to be fit enough to be well. We need to be well enough to practise.
July 16, 2023A recent research project, at Harvard University, over a 10 year period on 12,000 men who were the subject of a weight training program, has shown a definite improvement on muscle/nerve connection and function and a sharper mental attention to tasks.
Professor Abigail Mackie of Copenhagen University in Denmark Points out how weight training can help reduce belly, fat, improve oxygenation, and revitalise the growth and maintenance of stem cells, particularly as we age.
This is why strength training is relevant to maintaining a youthful physique and mentality in our lives.
She recommends it to help us keep ourselves looking younger, feeling younger and having more energy in a trim and well toned, healthy body.
Weight training is often associated with extreme muscular development; massive chests, barn-door backs, and disproportionately large arms and shoulders, as it is often promoted in a number of the fitness magazines.
This can frighten people off.
They think that happens as a natural result of weight training.
What they don’t realise, is that that kind of development needs intensive attention, and intention.
It’s the result of extreme and consistent training.
So, if you’re concerned about unintentional muscular development, don't be.
However, we can tone, condition and train our body muscles to help us to a longer life of great vitality and mental energy.
Weight training can also be used to develop a powerful cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory fitness.
And that's the key to good health and body strength at cellular level.
This means growth, maintenance and revitalisation of the body cells throughout the whole system. This is now recognised widely as a way to prolong youth, improve body tone and maintain sound mental health.
Coupled with consistent breathing techniques and postural efficiency, with a weather eye on the diet, it is a simple, efficient, and effective way to protect our health, and our well-being.
And this can be started at any age, as shown by Shirley Webb, who started 12 years ago, lifting weights at 76.
A simple, well planned program, consistently practised with a bit of interest and attention, will prepare us well for the later years, not only prolonging life, but every bit as important, the quality of that life.
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