Aside from ridding you of your bingo wings you can look forward to its preventative effects of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, joint and back pain along with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
This isn’t just for those selfie obsessed gym-goers either, there are substantial benefits in later life too. Diminished muscle function can significantly limit activity and increase the risk of falls and fractures among the elderly, so grab your granny and get to the gym.
It’s hard to give general recommendations as to frequency, intensity or duration as it differs from person to person but here's a few tips. A lot of what we see are those who have been injured in a previous venture into strength training and have neglected it because of this association.
Our advice is to get some instruction or coaching if you’re unsure of where to start. It’s of course possible to learn from youtube videos but sometimes what you think you’re doing and what you're actually doing don't tally. Start light and slow and build up over time.
Learn some compound exercises. These are exercises that require more than one joint movement, such as squats, hinges, lunge variations, pressing and rowing.
If something hurts or just doesn’t feel right then the chances are you’re technique isn’t right, stop and find an alternative or ask someone. If you’ve any questions feel free to post them in the comments.