Monthly Archives: April 2017

  • The Importance of Strength Training for Seniors

    When you first think of strength training, what image comes to mind? For most, it’s young, muscular individuals, athletes, or strength sports. However, strength training is not just for the young and agile, in fact – if you’re over 50, strength training is something you absolutely should be doing!

    While most seniors practice daily walking, one study found that 40% of people over 65 do not strength train at all. Many trainers, including Casey Hewitt at Speedflex, believe that strength training for seniors has major benefits for those in their 50’s, 60’s, and even older:

    “Regularly working out in this way builds muscle and replenishes the muscle mass that steadily declines as we age. It also boosts bone density and aids the metabolism. Over time, this could reduce your chances of suffering with arthritis, as it supports muscles around the joints, and diabetes, due to a boosted metabolism,” Hewitt said.


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    Stop for a second and consider a few of the many benefits of strength training for seniors: Continue reading

  • The Benefits of 10,000+ Steps Per Day

    10,000+ steps per day

    You’ve heard it before – your body needs 10,000 steps in a day to decrease the risk of chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. While this health goal was made popular in the 1960’s, it’s become more prevalent in recent years with the onset of fitness trackers and wearable devices. But is walking all it takes to be healthy and fit? Is 10,000 steps still a relevant benchmark? We explore the answers to those questions and more below!

    “Walking is the Superfood of fitness”

    Author and scientist Katy Bowman, a biomechanist out of California, recently had a great quote about walking. She compared it to the essential dietary nutrients that our bodies need:

    “Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human. It’s a lot easier to get movement than it is to get exercise,” she stated.

    This is a great point because many people look at getting healthy or fit as an all-or-nothing approach, thinking that if they aren’t running, lifting weights, or going to the gym, what’s the point? But simply walking, or trying to get those 10,000 steps per day, has major physical and mental benefits! Continue reading

  • Are You Getting the Most from Your Strength Training Routine?

    Strength or resistance training is one of the most important things we can do for our muscles to keep them conditioned and ready to work. Therefore, it’s important to know if your strength training your muscles in the correct order for maximum benefit and results.


    We’ve made it easy to find out. Simply answer these basic questions to find out if you’re getting the most out of your Strength Training program: Continue reading

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