Check out this 10-minute strength training workout. In just 10 minutes, you will use every muscle group in your body. And if you are not doing any strength training, this is a great routine to get you started. Grab a mat and some dumbbells and give it a try. You are never too late or never too old to get started. Modify any of the movements you need to. Pick a set of dumbbells that challenge you but don’t overwhelm you. Own your fitness level and just get started with 10 minutes of strength.
Why should you strength train? There are numerous reasons!
1. Boosts your metabolism.
As you age, your metabolism begins to slow down. One great way to revive it is by strength training. Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is how many calories your body burns at rest; the more muscle you have on your body, the higher that metabolic rate is. Essentially, the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism works.
2. Improves your daily activities.
The stronger you are, the better you move throughout your day, and the more capable you are of picking stuff up, pushing, pulling, twisting, climbing, etc. You just become stronger and more mobile, and that will carry you into old age.
3. Prevents injury.
The stronger your muscles are, the less likely you’ll be to get injured during everyday tasks or workouts. Strong muscles protect your bones and joints when they’re in motion and make your ligaments better at absorbing the shock they endure during dynamic movements.
4. Makes you look and feel better.
Toned muscles look good but also make you feel good. You’ll have more confidence and more energy and feel better overall. You’ll gain some balance and coordination along the way if you remain consistent. Cardio workouts help burn calories and get your heart pumping, which is critical for your overall heart health and weight management. But to remain mobile and rev your metabolism, you also need to strength train.
Hopefully this convinces you that strength training is an important part of your healthy aging!
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