A lot of people don’t know exactly what resistance training is and automatically assume that it is something that only the top body builders do. However, this is not the case. Resistance training means you engage your muscles by using objects that will create resistance. In a gym, you would use weights, machines and resistance bands but at home you can use the wall of the floor just as easily. The idea behind it is to contract a muscle and hold it for a specific length of time. In relation to full body toning, a full program would be designed for you, but you could also focus on an upper body workout or a lower body workout.
So why should you engage in resistance training? Most personal trainers would recommend that when you reach your early thirties, the ideal time has arrived. This is because it is around this age that muscle tone is no longer maintained naturally and needs to be kept up to date with regular exercise. Many people gain weight when they pass the magical 30 frontier. They don’t realize that muscle tissue uses more energy than fats, and that because their muscle tissue is reducing, they suddenly start putting on weight even though they haven’t changed their diet. This happens because there is less muscle tissue to maintain. Of course, taking part in resistance training is also very good to keep your body strong and safe from injuries as well as common illnesses such as osteoporosis. Lung capacity also increases by taking part in training. Luckily, you are never too old to start resistance training. Of course, if you are elderly, it is important to not just simply look up some exercises and dive in head first. Whenever you are looking into changing your diet and exercise regime – regardless of how old you are – it is important to get a full check up from a medical professional. An exercise plan should be designed by a trained physiotherapist or personal trainer, as these will be able to create a plan that will help you to achieve whatever goals you have, but to also take any physical conditions (including your age) into consideration, thereby ensuring that the right resistance workout is being implementedso that you will not be injured by engaging in too strenuous activity.
So, if you think that this type of training is only for body builders, think again. Whether you are looking for full body toning, a simple upper body workout or a complicated lower body workout, training using principles of resistance is a great way to achieve this. Best of all is that if you do it at home, there is no need for any complicated gym equipment, as you can simply use the floor or walls.