If you’re someone who’s starting to get older, something that you may be thinking about is what should change about your workout session. Is strength training or cardio training going to be more important as you see the years pass by?Which form of exercise is going to help you put up your best defense against the hands of time? When it comes to this question, the answer is clear, strength training.
Strength Training And Strength Levels
The very first reason that strength training is optimally beneficial should be quite clear – strength enhancement. As the saying goes, ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it! Nothing is more true than when it comes to your lean muscle mass. One of the things that will have the highest influence on your quality of life is losing muscle strength. If you find it difficult to do daily tasks that you used to enjoy so much, this is going to be a real drain on your lifestyle. Strength training can help to prevent this. In fact, adults who start strength training into their 50’s and 60’s can actually grow to be stronger than they were in their 40’s.
Strength Training And Metabolic Rate
Next, strength training is also going to be far superior for making sure your metabolic rate stays strong. One of the biggest reasons for weight gain as you age is not because you are eating too much food, it’s because you are losing muscle mass and your metabolism is slowing down as a result of this.Remember, the slower your metabolism, the fewer calories you can eat each day without gaining weight. If you eat the same but suffer a metabolic slow down, fat gain is inevitable.
Strength Training And Functional Fitness
Finally, the last reason why strength training trumps cardio training as you get older is because it’ll help to boost your functional fitness. You’ll find that strength training exercises require far more balance and coordination than cardio exercises do, so this helps to keep your body agile and strong. This will then transfer over to everyday activities, making you stronger and more able to complete them.
So, next time you’re about to hit the gym, don’t run straight for the cardio machines. A properly planned strength training program will help challenge your cardiovascular health just as well as any cardio routine plus provide so many other important benefits you can’t afford to miss out on.
Today’s article was authored by Shannon Clark.
Shannon Clark holds a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alberta, where she specialized in Sports Performance and Psychology. In addition to her degree, she is an AFLCA certified personal trainer and has been working in the field for over 8 years now.
She is a regular contributor to Bodybuilding.com and has also been named ‘Writer Of The Year’ two times running. She has been featured in the Iron Man magazine and has contributed well over 400 articles to a variety of different websites dedicated towards muscle building and athletic performance.