At first, most people have a few different ideas in their mind when the term resistance training is mentioned.
It’s usually the thought of either someone lifting heavy at the gym or someone who’s resisting exercise all together! Regardless of your ideas, let’s take an honest look at resistance training so you can understand exactly what it is and the do’s and don’ts of resistance training.
In essence, resistance training is just your body using its muscles (yes, everyone has them) to push or pull against a force or some kind of resistance. This could include weights, body weight, a resistance band or even water.
The opportunities are endless, and the results are certainly not to be sniffed at no matter what age or fitness level you are. After all, who would say no to something that can promote stronger muscles, higher bone density, greater mobility and body composition management (less fat, more muscles and healthy functioning organs).
We bet that got your attention? Now, here are some do’s and don’ts to get you and resistance training a little better acquainted:
DO start with an assessment from your doctor or physiotherapist. They will be able to recommend the best types of resistance training for your needs, goals and most importantly what your body will benefit from.
DON’T be turned off by others in the gym. Everyone has a starting point, and not everyone has the same goals. Start at your own pace and do what feels comfortable for you. Don’t worry about the weights others are using.
DO start light. Working with resistance can be tricky to start with, so it is important your technique is correct, otherwise you risk injuring yourself.
DON’T go in head first. Whether it is working with a personal trainer, using YouTube videos to guide your first few pilates experiences or getting out your comfort zone and getting into a gym class – having a professional show you the way, and most importantly keep you safe, is the key to enjoying this experience.
DO train with resistance a few times a week. Rest is just as important as the training itself, so make sure you give your body the change to recover – this will also get you the benefits we spoke about earlier.
DON’T be restricted to the gym. Resistance training can be completed at home, using everyday items such as cans and milk bottles. Push-Ups, squats and lunges can be done while waiting for the microwave to finish or video sites like YouTube can offer a range of resistance training sessions that can be done with no equipment at home.
The highly experienced team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy are experienced in a range of areas including resistance training to promote injury management and recovery. Contact the practice today on (02) 4721 7798, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to book an appointment easily online.