December Fitness Challenge – Day 9

Good morning! It is Friday!

Today’s workout is all about the arms and shoulders. It can be done without weights. Just remember to slow the movement down and really contract the muscle. If you have weights, that is awesome!

Yes, these exercise will tone your arms and shoulders and  give you a nice shape with progress, but there is an even more important reason to do them.

We need to keep that strength up, for lifting groceries or kids (ever been tuckered out while holding a toddler who is struggling because they are having a complete meltdown?) and this is just a few reasons.

1. Injury/Aging:  Without strength training your upper body strength deteriorates as you age and you will become more prone to injuries, disease and a diminished quality of life. Studies show that you can lose up to 40 percent of your muscle mass by the time you reach your 60s! That is a lot.  The loss of muscle mass in your upper body can have a great effect on other aspects of your life. For example, if you were to injure your leg and require the use of crutches, your  upper body strength allows you to remain mobile. The same is true if you find yourself in a wheelchair temporarily or need the use of a walker.”

2. Posture : With the amount of time we spend hunched over phones, computers, desks and behind the wheel of our cars, most of us  will suffer from some  sort of imbalances relating to our posture. IE. Rounded shoulders, is a good example. Sometimes it will be not to that extent. The best way to achieve proper posture is to tone your back and shoulder and core muscles because strengthening them will assist in holding the top half of your body up

3. Boost your metabolism: Strength training is an excellent way to get rid of that stubborn, excess body fat, because it will  activate your metabolism even higher! Think of it as the “use it or lose it” principle. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate.

Stay strong  and have an awesome Friday!

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