This year many of us have probably missed out on good quality exercise. Even the most devoted of us can probably admit that the closure of gyms and lack of equipment, focus and motivation has impacted us.
One of the most striking effects of age is the involuntary loss of muscle mass. Muscle mass can decline at a rate of 5-10% per decade if no resistance based exercise is used throughout your weekly regime.

Resistance based exercise is a form of exercise that involves making your muscles work against a weight or force. This weight could be machines, free weights, bands or even your own bodyweight.

So what are the benefits of resistance based exercise and why do we need muscle?
Our muscles are the one thing that moves our body, both voluntary and involuntary. As we age we unfortunately lose our muscle mass and this has an impact on or health.

Resistance based exercise will help to build and improve muscle tone; this in turn will also help burn off excess fat due to a higher metabolic rate. As we age our metabolic rate naturally falls so keeping our muscle mass is paramount. Muscle is also extremely important for our bone density and mental health. Studies have shown that increased muscle mass is linked to lowered levels of anxiety and depression.
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