Thursday, January 9, 2014

Strength Training and Your Health


Many of us start the new year with a resolution.  Getting healthier often tops the list. 

If your enthusiasm for getting in shape and leading a healthier lifestyle is waning, consider this: A Harvard Special Health Report (use your library card to access the report via the Health & Wellness Resource Center) on “StrengthTraining And Your Health” describes research which shows that “strength training can slow the progression of osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes and may help treat mild to moderate depression.” Given this impressive array  of benefits, including strength training in your lifestyle makes sense. With a little daily effort perhaps we can reduce the likelihood that we’ll suffer from these diseases or hold off the day when we have to take medications for them.     
Find articles to read about the benefits of strength training and regular exercise by using the Health and Medicine databases accessible on the library's website. Reading about all the benefits will inspire you to begin working out but it isn't easy to know which exercises you should do, how much exercise you should undertake as you begin or what your goals should be. It would be wise to check with your doctor for advice on this. 

Come by the Warrenton library between January 9 - 22 and check out the book display on strength training and exercise. There are many training guides and DVDs to choose from covering everything from gentle workouts to power lifting. Bring along a list of resources suggested by your doctor and we will try to locate whatever has been recommended especially for you. 
    
According to the Harvard article quoted above, “one often-overlooked beauty of strength training is the fact that it addresses many health problems at once.  No single medication can do the same.” 

Happy reading!

Jeanne @ Warrenton

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