As if you needed any more reasons to get into strength training. The feeling of empowerment, improvements to other areas of your training and its fat loss benefits were already enough to have us hooked - but functional strength training can translate into your everyday life in ways you might not have even thought of.
Time to get training...
Playing with your kids and grandkids
As we get older, many of us complain of stiff joints, immobility and tight muscles - not to mention just a lack of general cardiovascular fitness. All of these things create a barrier when it comes to carrying out our daily chores and activities, but we get by. We adapt, we figure out ways of making things easier. We take the lift instead of the stairs, we park closer to the supermarket and we store things where they’re easily accessible.
But when it comes to looking after the little ones, there’s no hiding. They want to jump around, have a game of chase and play fight... for a really long time. Their energy levels seem to be infinite. Us on the other hand? Not so much.
Anyone who’s ever looked after kids can attest to the fact that they can be exhausting. So make it that bit easier on yourself by training to keep up with them. You body will be better equipped when lifting them up, running around after them and simply running, skipping and jumping around... for hours... and hours... do kids ever get tired?!
Going about your day
There are certain lifts we do in weights sessions, circuit classes and other strength-focused workouts that translate directly into our daily lives. By performing compound lifts that involve using several muscle groups at once, you are essentially getting fit for life.
It’s true, carrying your shopping home will become a breeze. But it’s not just that. We’re talking moving house. Getting up and down from your sofa. Walking up the stairs at home. This stuff will all get significantly easier with moves like deadlifts, squats and lunges. If you’re stronger in the gym, you’re stronger all the time.
Staying in good nick
Paying close attention to form when you’re working out - engaging that core, maintaining a neutral spine and keeping those shoulders from hunching - will work wonders in keeping injuries at bay. But what about those times when you least expect your body to give out?
It’s often when you’re rushing around mindlessly, picking things up off the floor and making sudden movements that the body is caught off guard. But by ensuring our stabilising muscles are in order, our mind-body connection and reaction rates are sharp and our backs are strong - we are preparing our bodies to ward off injury at all times, not just when we’re at the gym.
Focusing a little more on strength training as well as cardio, flexibility and endurance can be an important addition to your workout regime. Let’s start training for life.