Many of my patients express an interest in personal training and come prepared with how-to questions. Often we wonder, “Which regimented activities would maximize productivity while at the gym?” In addition to this concern, we must remember that our training habits and set goals should be different today than they were at the age of 18.
In our late teens, it was a commonplace to overexert ourselves by using heavy weights to complete low repetitions in the hope of increasing mass and muscle weight. Twenty-five years later, it is important we reconsider this damaging approach. Over-stressing the joints with excessive weight can be a constant irritant on muscle and joint tissue, not to mention a clear cut way to minimize the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment.
The ideal way to train once middle age progresses is by strength training with lower weight and higher repetitions. Why you ask? Once the body hits the 40-plus range, the main priority is to continue to strengthen the cardiovascular and skeletal systems; gaining muscle mass is no longer a necessity. Lastly, finding a trainer who understands this is vital.
If you have questions about this matter, please ask me during your next visit.
Yours in health,
Dr. Dominick Mirando
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