Resistance Training

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Resistance training is all about muscles! When something causes your muscles to work harder, they grow stronger. Strong muscles can help you improve sport performance and also protect you from injuries that may occur during exercise. Strengthening muscles will also increase bone health.

Resistance training can also be referred to as strength training.

Resistance training shouldn’t be confused with bodybuilding or powerlifting. It is unsafe for kids and teens to put too much stress on their young muscles. Consider asking a trainer or other exercise professional what type of resistance training is best at your age.

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There are lots of different types of resistance exercises. Most people think of lifting weights when it comes to building muscles but there are lots of other resistance training exercises. There are many ways to strengthen muscles that require no equipment.

Here are some muscle building exercises for you to try:

  • Push-up
  • Sit-up and crunch
  • Lunge
  • Squat
  • Cartwheels
  • Crab walks
  • Burpee
  • Plank
  • Resistance Band exercises. Click here for examples.

For an explanation on how to do some of these exercises and even more resistance training ideas, click here.

Always remember to be SAFE and to have FUN when doing any kind of physical activity!

Take the survey below to see what kinds of resistance training exercises people like the most!

 

 

Information for this post came from mayoclinic.org and kidshealth.org

 

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