Health and Strength compliment each other. Their maintenance does not become a priority for many people until later in life. It is then that compromises in balance, mobility and strength are more easily detected. Lower Body Strength (LBS) is critical to the aforementioned parameters. Strategies can be implemented for developing improving and maintaining LBS.
Combining healthy habits and strength building is very beneficial for the body. Strength and health are affected by and support each other. Strength can be compromised by ill-health. One can be healthy but lack of physical strength which can make life ‘challenging’. A paper by the Mayo Clinic sites several benefits of strength training. Among them are developing strong bones, enhancing balance, and managing chronic conditions. Eating well, resting sufficiently and staying hydrated will support one’s levels of strength.
The conveniences and demands of modern society interfere with participating in beneficial activities. This is a leading risk factor for death worldwide. It also is a risk for noncommunicable disease. Many adults are NOT active. These points are elucidated in a study by the World Health Organization (WHO). Many WHO member states want to take steps to increase physical activity among adults.
The degree to which LBS (strength) is lost due to aging can be minimized. Strength training can counteract sarcopenia. It is a state that develops with the onset of age. Symptoms include degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass and the decreased quality in muscle-neuro-activation Strength training can give the elderly the ability to be functional by increasing, in particular, LBS.
Developing and maintaining (higher levels of) LBS(higher levels of) LBS is key to sustaining lifelong activity. Activities that can help can start with basic movements. For example, placing hands on a stable grabbing point and getting up from and sitting back down onto a chair. From there, on can increase the range of motion by placing a lower seat under the individual for deepening the range of motion. These movements should be fairly intense as that leads to greater muscle stimulation. Standing weight shifting and single leg standing can also be added. Starting out with the basics will ensure safe progression towards becoming more independent.
Strength is important for completing daily tasks. For the elderly, this can be a critical factor in being independent. Balance, strength and mobility are interconnected and can be maintained by developing LBS. Modern society contributes to health and strength shortcomings in adult populations. Strength training can be of huge benefit to longevity and functionality, especially as one ages.
Ab-Sutra Wellness and Fitness can assist with programming for a more independent lifestyle.