Thinking About Strength Training?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-01-12 19:40:36 -0600
Started 2015-01-04 08:40:09 -0600

There are all kinds of exercise we can be doing and strength training is a great one because it offers us so much in overall health. Helps with arthritis, allows us to build core so we can do other exercises that we want to do and helps us with balance to prevent falls. It is one of my favorite kind of exercise because I can do it at home.

Here is a good article on the kinds of equipment you can look into getting or using at the gym. It also shares more of the benefits of strength training.

25 replies

Michael_1960 2015-01-12 09:49:23 -0600 Report

I find that interesting, but like I said I have my own, which I do realize there are some out there that is not as fortunate as I am to have their own equipment, so they have to rely on going to the gym. I encourage everyone to go workout as much as you can, I just wished that I can exercise my brain, because I think I'm getting dementia.

GabbyPA 2015-01-12 13:26:49 -0600 Report

I have tried the free trial of It's fun and I did improve, but I didn't want to pay for continuing. It's supposed to make your brain do better. You might want to check it out. Another thing I have gotten into is Kahan Acadamy, and it's free.

Ralph 2015-01-08 19:46:07 -0600 Report

Exercise is important for you if your doctor ok them. I have been working out at the YMCA for 20 plus years. I lift weights, ride the bike, walk, and do various other things to stay active. After I am through at the YMCA I will do stretches before I leave. Last year I started seeing an older lady lifting weights. The paper carried a story on her this past year, she is 100 years young! I hope I can still lift if I make it to 100.

GabbyPA 2015-01-09 19:11:01 -0600 Report

That is very cool! They say more and more of us are going to be centurians. I have yet to meet one in person.

oink66 2015-01-08 00:10:53 -0600 Report

Good for you Gabby, that you've decided to implement strength training into your exercise regimen. I go to MMA Karate classes two times a week and I'm loving it.

GabbyPA 2015-01-08 11:24:13 -0600 Report

I am still too self conscious to do something like that. I want to take a Tia-Chi class one day.

LRD 2015-01-07 09:49:37 -0600 Report

Hey Gabby Do you know of any exercises that you can do at home. Don't have the funds to pay for the Y or gym. Any help in that area? LRD

jayabee52 2015-01-07 10:08:24 -0600 Report

Howdy Linda
One thing you can do is use gallon jugs and fill them with water. You can use them as weights. If you want to not pump so much weight, you can not fill the jugs so much. Put them on a scale to determine what you'd like each jug to weigh. Of course you'd want 2 the same weight so you'd have a matched set.

You could then go to YouTube to get exercise programs. I have several sets of jugs with varying weights.

Type1Lou 2015-01-08 14:43:08 -0600 Report

Great suggestion James. I lost my free gym membership when I changed from a Medicare Advantage plan to a Medicare Supplement plan beginning 1/1/15. There's still a way to do strength training without all the fancy machines!

GabbyPA 2015-01-07 13:17:10 -0600 Report

I also used to use canned food. Soup cans fit nice in my hands for lighter stuff and you can just make it fun. I also have the DVD for Body by Banks and I really like it. He starts slow and builds you up and it has a combination of cardio and strength.

Beca1 2015-01-05 17:39:34 -0600 Report

Thank you Gabby for the info always good to know especially at the first of the New Year when embarking upon our New Years resolutions. Great info!

Richard157 2015-01-04 13:40:38 -0600 Report

I have been doing muscle conditioning at a gym for four years. At age 75 and with weakening of my muscles from 69 years of T1D, it is my aim to keep what strength I still have. I have greatly increased my stamina. My strength is improved, but there is no additional muscle mass. That is okay with me, I love the gym. I use 12 different machines for a total of one hour at each gym session.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-04 12:00:27 -0600 Report

Right now I'm on a very slow build up at the gym. I am only doing a few minutes on either the bike or the treadmill, whichever my knee feels like doing I'm planning to add strength training in starting next week, just a few added exercises. The trainer at the gym set me up with 15 different machines, and 3 sets of fifteen reps or some such thing. I'll be happy to start with 3 or 4 machines and do a set or two. Thank you so much LOL. I'll build up slowly, I'm old and very out of shape, I don't need to hurt more than I already do. Thanks for the great article. HUGS, Heidi

lilleyheidi 2015-01-05 01:31:02 -0600 Report

also, there are GREAT strength training exercises for the pool. ONE day of PT training with a pool therapist and you can get tons of exercises, don't know if you can find the exercises on youtube or not, but probably.

TRay043 2015-01-04 11:19:28 -0600 Report

I walk on the treadmill or ride a stationary bike, was in good shape but I plateaued so I added the kettlebell to my routine. That did the trick, now I am in the best shape of my life.

dede200 2015-01-04 10:15:08 -0600 Report

When I ffirst started goingto a local gym, my trainer stressed strength training. She said it would also help with keeping bones strong as well as other benefits. It has really helped with balance, endurance and overall better health. She gave me a schexule so I started slow andwork up to a goal set.

DeanaG 2015-01-04 09:06:11 -0600 Report

After 3 surgeries in 5 months, 2 of them repairing my knee, the last one on December 19th, I so need to get started on rebuilding my strength, but have to wait until the orthopedic surgeon releases me. Hopefully on Thursday when I get the surgical staples removed!
Thanks for the link!

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