Physical Capacity and Resistance Training

1 Apr

The definition of Physical Capacity is the ability to perform work or exercise.  Your muscles use energy to produce the forces which enable you to move your body parts and any external resistance.  In essence, your muscles function as the engines of your body. 

If you want to improve your physical capacity, then I recommend incorporating Resistance Training into your exercise program.  Resistance training results in stronger muscles that increase the physical capacity for force production.  Resistance training will improve both muscular strength (the ability to lift a heavier weight load) and muscular endurance (the ability to perform more repetitions with a sub-maximum weight load). 

Here is an important thing to remember:  Physical capacity decreases significantly with age in non-strength training adults due to an average 5-pound per decade loss of muscle tissue aka disuse atrophy.  So, if you want to maintain your physical capacity, it is important to make resistance exercise a regular part of your lifestyle.

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