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Am 66yo man. Should I add strength training into my week?

Am 66yo man. Should I add strength training into my week?

Yes, it's great.: It's very important to build your muscle strength especially as you age so you can take care of yourself and stay in your own home. Start slowly. You can even get 2 pound weights and slowly build up to 10 pounds. You can even exercise while watching tv. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Strength Training (Definition)

Strength training is to improve muscle mass. This can come from lifting weights, yoga, circuit training, etc. It is great at all ages but definitely needed to stop ...Read more


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How often should you add more to your diet if you're doing a strength training program and how much weight?

How often should you add more to your diet if you're doing a strength training program and how much weight?

Eat better not more: Strength doesn't come from carbo loading, high calories, protein packing or other fads & trends. Improve your diet, try eating smaller meals more frequently, and balance activities to reduce injury risks and overuse. Sleep, breathe, enjoy! push yourself enough to feel aching without ripping or residual pain. Focus on form so your strength is more functional. Target a healthy life-long weight goal. ...Read more

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Last week I started doing strength training. Over the week every time I weighed myself my weight increased?

Last week I started doing strength training. Over the week every time I weighed myself my weight increased?

Strength Training: Don't recommend weighing yourself more than once a week - because there are often fluctuation related to fluids. Once you do start increasing muscle mass you may find that you are slimmer but weigh the same or even a little more. That is because by volume - muscle weighs more than fat. The more muscle you have - the more it drives your metabolic rate up. (: ...Read more

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I workout out 4-6 days per week, cardio 20mins each time and strength training each time. How often should I be eating daily? There's conflicting info

I workout out 4-6 days per week, cardio 20mins each time and strength training each time. How often should I be eating daily? There's conflicting info

You're right about..: ..the conflicting info! I recommend you go to a legitimate website for the right info. www.mayoclinic.org-->healthy lifestyle-->health & fitness-->eating & exercise is a good place to start.. If you want more 1 on 1 online coaching, check out a web platform like: www.teambeachbody.com/marykauffmanfitness. Good luck to you! Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i plan to do three non-consecutive days of strength training per week (in addition to cardio) what is the best way to strength train?

Can you tell me if i plan to do three non-consecutive days of strength training per week (in addition to cardio) what is the best way to strength train?

Strength Training: Typically from a medical standpoint we have our patients give the stressed areas 48 hours to recover between sessions. So three non consecutive days a week is perfect for this. However, adding the cardio is the hard part based on what body area is most stressed. If you do a hard leg workout (say spin class) on Monday morning, and do lower extremity weights same day, you could get into trouble. ...Read more

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I want to exercise 6 days a week. How should I exercise so I can stick with it? Cardio, strength training? Should I vary intensity of the exercise on certain days?

I want to exercise 6 days a week.  How should I exercise so I can stick with it?  Cardio, strength training?  Should I vary intensity of the exercise on certain days?

Exercise: The most important aspect of exercise is to find something that you enjoy. That way exercise can be something you look forward to, rather than something you have to do. Ideally, a great exercise routine would combine strength training a 2-3 days per week and cardio 3-4 days per week. Varying the exercise is also great in order to work different muscle groups. ...Read more

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Would doing 30 minutes of stationary bike 6 days a week be good for strength training?

Would doing 30 minutes of stationary bike 6 days a week be good for strength training?

Helps with endurance: 30 minutes on the bike will help more with endurance. If you rather more strength training consider, resistance training with weights. Slow reps with some good weight will be very beneficial. Good luck. ...Read more

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I started out 5'4 and 147 pounds. I began strength training and cardio 3 times a week and cut my meals in half. I have gained 10 pounds on scale. Why?

I started out 5'4 and 147 pounds. I began strength training and cardio 3 times a week and cut my meals in half. I have gained 10 pounds on scale. Why?

Muscle versus fat.: Muscle is more dense than fat, so you can actually gain weight while getting more trim. It's OK. In this context, your body fat analysis should improve - you might want to get this monitored by a trainer. ...Read more

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24 female 156 pounds 2 days of cardio, 2 days of strength training a week healthy diet- what should be my goal weight and body fat % goals?

24 female 156 pounds 2 days of cardio, 2 days of strength training a week healthy diet- what should be my goal weight  and body fat % goals?

Sounds good already: Depending on your build and height, 156 lbs actually is good considering the current obesity in us. So if you are 5ft6 or 6ft7, you are just a few lbs above ideal, but remember that muscle is heavier than fat. Being plump and active is better than nl wt and a couch potato. Body fat 20-30% is good for a female. So, eat well, sleep well, and keep up the good work. Good luck and happy new year. ...Read more

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