Pro-Aging: Importance of Strength & Flexibility
We know that as we age, we experience muscle degeneration, weaker bones, and stiffer joints. While aging is unavoidable, it shouldn’t be unwelcomed. Whether you’re in your thrilling 20s, sage 70s or anywhere in between, you should never overlook the importance of maintaining your muscles at every stage of life, right? Right! Start optimizing your everyday today to improve your muscle strength and overall flexibility regardless of where you are in life. Here’s why…
Exercise is vital to healthy aging. Strong muscles contribute directly to reducing muscle aches, pains, and improving your overall sense of wellbeing. Your muscles decrease in size with age, but there’s no reason why you can’t reverse the trend. By working on your strength, you can in turn maintain your muscle mass. Whether your goal is to improve on your muscle strength and shape or increase your muscle mass, there’s an exercise for you. Resistance exercises are particularly effective such as lifting weights or using resistance bands, but simple exercises like walking can also slow your rate of muscle loss. The Flex Belt is a particularly useful tool that uses EMS technology to target specific muscle groups, causing them to contract repetitiously, effectively training and strengthening them.
You may think that your bones stay the same after you finish growing, but that isn’t the case. Among other factors, an inactive lifestyle is a leading cause of osteoporosis whereby the bones become weaker. Activities that put stress on bones causes them to adapt through the activation of cells resulting in increased bone formation and density meaning your bones are less susceptible to fractures and injuries. In addition to avoiding bone related issues and diseases, by improving bone density, you can build on your balance and coordination!
While cardio burns more calories during your workout, strength training helps you build muscle and burn more calories in the long run. How? Weight training can improve your metabolism over time and is typically more effective than cardio at how many calories are burned after a workout. This is because your muscles need to recover after exercise and require excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), also referred to as the “after-burn effect”. Saying that, strength training should be combined with a healthy diet, and cardio shouldn’t be ignored completely!
Joint Strength & Flexibility
By carrying out strength exercises, you also improve your joint flexibility. This is true whether you start with a 2kg dumbbell or greater! Joint flexibility occurs through the need for muscles and joints to adapt when exposed to varying and increased weights and resistance. When you stretch a muscle, the muscle fibers or tendons attaching it to bone become longer, giving you more scope to increase the size of the muscle during training. The benefit? Your overall physical performance improves as it helps joints move through a full range of motion which may have been limited beforehand, improving balance and reducing the risk of injury. That’s why even a few minutes of stretching in the morning is important and feels great! Supercharge your stretches by using your Flex Belt device to get the most out of your morning routine.
So, why do you need to consider improving your strength and flexibility? Well, to do one, you need the other and there’s no denying the importance of both. From preventing diseases and keeping your bones strong to improving balance and metabolism, we are all about optimizing health at every age. Start supercharging your journey today with The Flex Belt, The Flex Arms and The Flex Mini to strengthen, tone and firm your muscles.