We all know how improtant it is to live a healthy lifestyle, from eating the right things, reducing our stress levels, having a good work/life balance, making time for friends and family, oh, and er execising..
It's important to take part in regular fitness activities, but why is walking the dog not enough? Strength training can provide an important balance to aerobic workouts to achieve overall health and fitness. But only about 20% of women take part in regular strength training exercises? So why is it important and what are the benefits?
Preserves muscle mass. Strength training helps preserve and enhance your muscle mass, which starts to diminish with age. An increase in lean muscle mass (and we are not talking Arnie here..) will increase your metabolic rate, reduce body fat and burn calories more efficiently - even whilst you sleep!
Reduces risk of osteoporosis. Bone density decreases due to hormonal changes that women experience as they get older, which increases the risk of developing osteoporosis. Regular strength training exercises slows bone deterioration and increases bone density, maintaining strong joints and reducing your chance of developing osteoporosis or slow down its effects.
Decreases injury risk. Regular strength and flexibility training will help protect your joints from injury, and improve your balance and coordination, which becomes increasingly important to help maintain your independence as you age.
Finding the Time
As we lead busier lives it can be hard to find the to focus on your own health and fitness, so ActiFit has come up with a plan to help! Last Sunday I invited a few clients to ActiFit's first online class! After great success I am happy to announce the launch of these new classes in May. Actifit will be offering online classes in Strength and Conditioning, and Flexibility and Tone. These classes are great for everyone! They easily fit around your schedule and when you have downloaded the free app you can literally do them anywhere! They are also great for existing clients looking to improve their strength and flexibility in between classes.
What About the Cost?
With the cost of living constantly rising it can be hard to place your needs before everyone elses. ActiFit has a payment plan that will suit any budget, plus a facebook competition coming up to win a free month of classes so make sure you like the ActiFit page and take part to be in with a chance to win! www.facebook.com/ActiFitPage.
"Web conference app was easy and free to use, however harder to see on a mobile due to the small screen, easy to fit around family and busy routines as you can do it anywhere! Instructor gave good demonstrations before the exercises so we weren't looking at how to do the exercise whilst performing it. It was awesome! ActiFit has already helped my recovery after 2 caesareans, I now have stronger abs than ever and I'm looking forward to adding the online classes to my workout schedule!" Morwennna - Busy mum of 2!
To find out more or to sign up please visit the website: http://actifit.wix.com/page