How can an individual improve strength?
The answer is quite simple. An individual can improve strength by performing strengthening exercises.
What are strengthening exercises?
Any exercise performed against some form of resistance is classed as strengthening.
Even a movement performed against gravity is considered a strengthening exercise. It can be performed to strengthen a specific muscle or group of muscles.
How are strengthening exercises performed?
Strengthening exercises can be performed using free weights and activities, such as:
- Weight machines
- Activities against gravity
- Activities against water resistance
- Suspension equipment
- Resistance bands
- Your own body weight
At K7 Physiotherapy, we can formulate specific strengthening exercises to achieve your individual goals.
What are the benefits of strengthening exercises?
Like any exercise, a strengthening exercise improves both mental and physical health by stimulating a variety of positive neuromuscular adaptations.
The benefits of strengthening exercises include:
- Improving muscle strength
- Improving muscle tone
- Improving posture
- Reducing pain
- Reducing risk of injury
- Improving function
- Improving quality of movement
- Improving sense of well-being
- Improving confidence
- Improving sleep
- Improving blood lipid profile
- Delaying onset of arthritic conditions
- Increasing blood glucose consumption
Who benefits from strengthening exercises?
Many people can benefit from strengthening exercises. We include only a few examples here of conditions that can be improved:
- Weakness, following a period of immobility
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Arthritic condition
- Movement dysfunction
- Post injury, pre and post surgery
- Poor posture