Today’s guest is Treasuring Mothers fitness expert, Jody Sargison. We’re discussing something we’ve touched on briefly in previous conversations: what is resistance training, why is it important, why do we do it, and how?
If you ask the average person on the street you’ll get a sense after a while that, while most of us have heard of resistance training, not many of us are all that sure of what it is. The words conjure up images of hitting a punching bag maybe, or lying on a bench under a set of barbells. This is half correct (punching bags, while a good cardio work-out, don’t count as resistance training), but it can also mean a whole lot more.
Show Notes – Resistance Training with Jody Sargison
- Resistance training–also known as strength training–is all about building and strengthening muscle. This is important for all of us, especially as we get older. It’s not necessarily about building big muscles, but keeping our muscles strong, and useful.
- Our muscles support our skeletal structure, as well as help us move freely and with flexibility. As we get older it can get harder to do things like get off the floor, or move around with the freedom that we used to. Building and working out our muscles helps us to stay supple and flexible. Maintaining strong muscles will also help prevent bone breakages in old age.
- On the subject of ageing and breaking bones, Jody recommends women in their 40s and above get a bone density scan. This simple procedure can help you track how your bones are ageing. Jody herself discovered that she has a more rapid bone degeneration than most people. With that knowledge she’s able to take steps to counteract it.
- Jody started learning about resistance training through a Body Pump class at the gym. At first she had no idea what she was doing, but found having an instructor helpful and encouraging.
- If you can’t make the gym there are other types of resistance training you can do, at home or with others. Jody used to do Tai Kwon Do, and Jenny did pilates, both of which are great resistance training.
- Sit-ups, push-ups, moving boulders around that garden or digging, all of these are resistance training under another name.
- Jody does weights twice a week at home, whether or not she feels like it, to keep her strength up.
- If you’re unsure of how to tackle it, get some help. Go to a couple of classes at the gym, or invest in a personal trainer. If you’re pregnant or have had an injury it’s really worth investing in some professional help.
- Being mindful about incorporating resistance training in your day–lunges while stirring dinner, bench push-ups while waiting for the kettle to boil–can make a big difference to your strength and overall fitness.
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