October 20, 2011Whether you are an athlete striving for more power and speed, or are primarily interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the benefits of strength training are important. Researchers estimate that we lose five to seven pounds of muscle mass per decade as we age. A regular strength training program increases lean muscle mass, reduces body fat, and burns calories more efficiently. A successful strength training program can consist of equipment-free routines which depend on your body for weight, such as push-ups or leg squats, free weights, or weight machines. Once you come up with a strength training program, consider changing the routine every four to six weeks to prevent a 'plateau' period as your body adapts to stress. Strength training also helps you:
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