Do you know the best way to improve your fitness and build strength?
It’s not by spending hours on the treadmill, bike, or elliptical!
Build strength and improve your overall fitness more effectively by adding resistance training to your routine.
Get Fit & Build Strength
In this video, Physical Therapist Katie Wolfley, PT DPT, explains why resistance training will help you build strength faster and more efficiently than cardio.
As we age, our bodies change and our strength naturally declines. That said, we can control how fast it leaves us.
Cardio exercises like running or cycling are great for endurance and can be effective as part of a weight loss program. When your exercise routine only consists of cardio, it won’t help you build strength or improve your overall fitness.
Instead of doing only cardio exercises, add resistance training to your routine.
Resistance training using bands or body weight builds strength and improves fitness, balance, and mobility.
Think of strength, balance, and mobility in terms of your daily activities.
Each of these factors helps you perform everyday tasks, like lifting and carrying, safely and efficiently. This is crucial to our independence and well-being as we get older!
Not sure where to start? Remember that strength training doesn’t need to be intense to be effective. You can use bands, free weights, or body weight from home.
When strength training, aim to complete two to three sets and 10 repetitions per exercise.
Need help building or spicing up your strength routine?
Sign up for the 2023 YMCA Wellness Series! Our Physical and Occupational Therapist-led classes will help you create or reset your routine with exercises and stretches designed to make 2023 your year!
Registration is free, all classes are held online, and you’ll receive exercise guides to help you create your personal wellness plan.