In this episode of #TheFix, physical therapist Daniel Giordano, DPT, PT, C.S.C.S. of Bespoke Treatments walks us through a quick series of stretches that help get rid of and relieve pain caused by shin splints. Watch more Men’s Health Muscle videos HERE:
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Strength and muscle training is a form of exercise that helps improve your overall health. It works on your joints, tendons, and bones. As you become stronger, you’ll be able to do more with your body, which makes everyday tasks easier. In fact, researchers have found that strength and muscle training can help older adults live longer.
Researchers have found that resistance training is effective in reducing the risk of several diseases, including cancer. In addition, it can reduce the chances of injuries, such as broken bones, and improve cardiovascular fitness.
The most common reasons people build up their muscles is to look better and to lose weight. But strength training can also be important for maintaining health. Besides, muscle mass increases your resting metabolic rate, which helps you to burn more calories.
Resistance training can be done with free weights, machine equipment, or your own body weight. To maximize your workout, it’s best to train at high intensity. Increasing your reps and the amount of weight you use will improve your strength. You should complete at least one set of eight to 12 repetitions.
A strength-training program should be performed at least twice a week. However, only 6 percent of adults do the recommended muscle-strengthening exercises. For example, it’s important to add eccentric exercises, which work on lengthening the muscle fibers.
Exercises with resistance, such as chin-ups, are ideal for strengthening the lower part of your body. Other options include pull-downs and seated rows.