The Importance of Body Weight Exercises
Why take on more weight than your body can handle
Trying to start any exercise plan can be difficult, especially from scratch. If you Google, “Help me get in shape,” god help you read through all the results. There are so many schools of thought when it comes to exercise that finding some semblance of agreement between all the blogs, beginner’s guides, and fitness-instructor-recommended articles can be impossible. At Bay Area Spine Care Office, we believe in exercise as a means of:
- Preventing spinal degeneration
- Controlling weight
- Improving the function of every system in the body
- Boosting energy
In summation, exercise helps you feel, look and perform better. Once you have convinced yourself of the value of exercise, the next important step is starting in a logical manner.
Common sense exercising
The two forms of exercise that matter most are:
- Aerobic exercise
- Strength training
For the purpose of this blog, we will focus on strength training which increases muscle mass, strengthens bones, improves balance, maintains range of motion in the joints and helps you maintain a healthy target weight.
As we see it, the most logical way to start lifting weight is to ensure that you can handle your own body weight. At our office in Alameda, we want our patients to get to a point where they can exercise using their own body weight before we graduate on to other strength-training modalities. Examples of body weight exercise include squats, lunges, push-ups and planks. The advantage of these exercises is that they can be performed anywhere and at anytime to strengthen your body and avoid stagnation.
Body weight training for spinal health in Alameda
Given your unique health profile, we will work with you to design a body weight strength training plan that will have you feeling strong quickly. As we see it, the best defense your spine has is a strong set of supporting muscles. Body weight exercise offers us the unique chance to strengthen the core without the necessity to go to the gym. If you are interested in using our natural modalities to feel, look and function better, give us a call to schedule an appointment today.
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