We are all going to get old, that’s just fact but we can give our bodies a helping hand. This can be done by utilising the best strength training workouts we can find to improve our muscle density. This is very important to our body and how it’ll perform as we get older.
My focus today is all about your body and how to get the most from it as you age.
Best strength training workouts.
I have always said the human body is a complexed machine. But that being said it still requires our intervention from time to time. Can you think back to your childhood and if that seems like a big ask, you must remember that aunt or cousin who would remind you of various parts of your childhood.
Now I’m guessing you were reminded of your first steps and how you struggled to walk. DON’T WORRY, we’ve all been there. My reason for bringing that memory back, is to point out that it all required strength and you’ve never looked back since! So, yes developing and maintaining your strength is very important.
How do I Improve my strength?
There’re many ways to achieve this but the favourite is weight lifting. Weight lifting can be fun and YES, you’ll gain some great results but what if you haven’t got access to any weights? This could be a slight problem, luckily it’s not the end of the world!
Did you know you can also achieve some good results by just using your own body weight. Well lucky for you I’m here to introduce you to the best strength training workouts and I will be focusing on both methods, looking at the pro’s and con’s of both.
Using free weights or kettlebells.
Getting a decent set of free weights would be a good place to start and they don’t even have to be new. I would like to think that you’re fit enough to use them and that you have some experience. Weights can be dangerous if you’re not 100% sure of what you’re doing, you can create more harm than good!
- Bicep curls.
- Standing squats.
- Triceps extensions.
- Shoulder raises.
Body weight – the natural method.
This is where I would advise you to start. I believe if you can lift, hold and manoeuvre your body weight, then you’re ready to take the next step. This would usually mean weights but it could also mean using resistance bands but I’ll discuss those shortly. Using your body weight in the manner I have mentioned involves strength but we all want more.
- PRESS UPS – This exercise is performed by lying on the floor, placing your hands at your shoulders and pushing up and then relaxing your arms so that your elbows bend, back to the starting position. This exercise will benefit your shoulders, triceps and chest muscles.
- SQUATS – To perform a good squat is easy, first stand with your feet shoulder width apart and bend your knees to a 90 degree angle and then return to a standing position. You will be targeting your quadriceps and gluteus maximus muscles. These are strong body muscles.
- PLANK – Performing a plank exercise is very good for your core. When the term, “core” is used it refers to the middle of your body and covers your front, side and back of your body.
- BALL – This device can aid a lot of the exercises above. My advice here would be to be careful if you have any back issues.
These exercises are quite easy to perform at home without any equipment.
These will give you a great workout and the risks of injury isn’t great. I have found that you tend to get tired and that does cause you to stop working. Un like weights where if you get tired at the wrong point, you risk causing an injury to yourself by pulling a muscle or ligament.
Now, the first thing that probably will spring to mind is the fact that you would have a spotter (Someone who monitors your workout and steps in at times of trouble) this isn’t always possible but it is good practice.
TRICEPS – You can easily maintain your arms by using resistance bands, which are also quite cheap to buy.
BACK – Give your back an amazing workout with resistance bands by tying it to any beam or joist to perform your workout.
LEGS – There’s a variety of ways to achieve a very effective workout on these strong muscles. In fact did you know they’re the strongest muscles in our body?
Free weights or Kettlebells.
- Easy to use at home.
- Comes in a variety of weights.
The risk of injury is greater, especially with heavier weights and caution should be taken.
Conclusion to the best strength training workouts.
Keeping yourself healthy is very important and this really means by eating well, getting a sensible amount of sleep and of course taking regular exercise program. This post hopefully will play its part by helping you to achieve the best strength training workout possible.
Thank you for dropping by and I hope you’re fully aware of what the best strength training workouts consist of and how it can benefit you in your life. If you have any questions or comments, could you please leave them below and I’ll answer them as soon as possible.
Taking care of you!