Did you know that from the age of 30, we start to lose 3 to 5% of our muscle mass? Fortunately, we can do something about it!
Muscle strength isn’t about obtaining big muscles but rather, about an improvement in function. Research has shown that muscle strength is important for bone health, balance and falls prevention and helps to manage blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Muscle strength can even improve brain function! The good news is that it’s never too late to get started.
The easiest way to gain muscle strength is with high intensity interval training. This means working out what is the maximum amount of weight you can lift in one go and then working out the weight that’s 80% or more of this maximum. Aim for 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions, up to 3 times a week. Once it starts to feel easy to lift, you can increase the weight amount.
To make things more challenging, you can change your velocity, intensity or add high impact movements like jumping.
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