Did you know that close to 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness? It’s true, 43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year. A sad fact is that many individuals, especially minorities aren’t receiving adequate services or treatment for their mental illness. Did you know that as part of a healthy lifestyle, resistance exercise can help reduce symptoms of mental illness?
New research comes out fairly regularly showing the unique benefits resistance exercise provides for our health. It’s time for resistance exercise to begin to shine and for people other than bodybuilders to begin benefiting from this unique style of exercise. Now let’s go into some ways in which resistance exercise can benefit our health.
A new article published by Harvard Medical School Article addresses two factors that affect the effects resistance exercise has on your bones and muscle health.
Milo of Croton, a famed Greek wrestler from the 6th century B.C. is said to have carried a bull daily from the time it was a calf until it became a full size bull.
This story is said to have influenced a well known principle of resistance exercise, called progressive resistance exercise (PRE) which is the gradual increase in the load a muscle carries in order to build increased muscle mass and strength over time.
If you're a runner, do you currently cross train? Cross training as defined by Runner’s World, as a combination of exercises from other disciplines, different than the sport the athlete normally practices. In the case of runners, cross training can include swimming, cycling and doing other types of fitness when they are not running.