On average, people after 30 years of age, lose muscle mass at a rate of half a pound a year impacting on future disease including cardiovascular disease, various cancers, obesity, diabetes, cognitive function, high blood pressure, lung disease, osteoporosis and stroke.
Growth hormone is our friend!
Known as the anti-ageing hormone, as you can expect, it peaks in early adulthood and starts to decline in our 30s along with decreasing oestrogen levels.
What if I told you, we can exercise smart to offset this decline and naturally boost our growth hormone levels
Heavy weight training or bodyweight/resistance training with increased "time under tension" and SLOW repetitions can BOOST our growth hormone!!
Are you new to resistance training and not sure where to start? Maybe you try to incorporate strength work into your routine already but are not sure you're reaping the benefits?
Strength training as medicine.....
Wow, take a look at some of these stats!
Before the convenience of chairs and vehicles, our muscles worked throughout the day. However, without regular work on muscle strength, sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) takes over. Here's why we need to build it back up!
How about strength training for weight loss (if that's your goal)?
Can you shift your mindset from "losing weight" to "getting stronger"? For any woman trying to lose weight and NOT using strength training to help do so, is risking losing valuable muscle mass from her body.
Muscle is the most metabolically active tissue in the body, so if you lose 5 pounds of muscle, you will burn 250 LESS calories a day, which is an extra pound of fat going ON every two weeks. Join me for my next Mindful Strength 4-Week Challenge and let's kick start your strength training! Mindful Strength takes a mindful approach to strength training focusing on breath, pelvic floor connection and alignment using techniques to boost growth hormone and overall health and wellbeing. We follow some unique principles so you not only benefit physically, but also reap the mental and emotional benefits of strength training all using a core and pelvic floor-focused approach. As part of the challenge, I teach a weekly short 20-25 minute LIVE Mindful Strength workout via Zoom (optional) and you will need to repeat this workout at least once or twice more during the rest of the week (or two to three times if you're not joining the live class). What you need? You will only need a resistance band and light hand weights (or filled water bottles/tins) How much? £12 Suitable during pregnancy and postnatal or with pelvic floor dysfunction? Yes, within reason. Please get in touch for individualised advice.