WHY LIFT? Need convincing to hit the weight rack? Terri Siabi, YMCA Club personal trainer, reveals why strength training is a must-do.
IT REDUCES BODY FAT
Weight training increases your body’s ability to burn fat during and after exercise. It uses oodles of oxygen, which can lead to excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) that burns energy for up to three days!
IT BUILDS A HEALTHY HEART
Those who lift weights are less likely to have heart-disease risk factors such as a large waist circumference, high triglycerides, elevated blood pressure and elevated glucose levels.
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YOU’LL SLEEP BETTER
Lifting could help you to fall asleep faster and enjoy a deeper slumber. You will also be less restless as you sleep.
IT’S GREAT FOR ANTI-AGEING
Muscle density decreases with age. Lean body mass can decrease by up to 15 per cent for women between the ages of 30 to 80, but with strength training you can offset this loss.
YOU’LL HAVE STRONGER BONES
Osteoporosis is an illness characterised by a decrease in bone density that weakens your bone structure. Fortunately, weightbearing exercises boost bone density, and this is especially important for women both before and after menopause.
Increases your heart rate, boosts metabolism, builds strength and power, and burns fat.
HOW TO DO IT
● Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart with the kettlebell on the floor between your legs.
● Keeping your back straight, squat down and take hold of the kettlebell with one hand in an overhand grip (A).
● From squatting, straighten your legs and raise your elbow high, bringing the kettlebell towards the side of your face (B).
● Slowly lower the kettlebell to the starting position and repeat.
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