Building and maintaining muscle is a large aspect in staying healthy. Having strong muscles in your legs, arms and torso is a great way to prevent medical injuries for anyone of any age.
Though, why lift masses of metal when you can pump air? Pneumatic strength training is just as effective and is a lot better for your body in the long run.
First, let’s get into the benefits of muscle building and stretching.
Why is Building Muscle Important?
Let’s face it. We’ve taken our muscular system for granted our whole lives, and we haven’t thanked our bodies enough for carrying us through our daily routines for decades. Well, it’s time to show appreciation to our muscular system now and learn further why it’s so important to continuously build upon.
It’s what physically holds us up. Without a strong abdomen, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps, it’s difficult to stand up from a seated position. It is important as we age to continue to be physically active and maintain optimum levels of health.
Studies show that between the ages of 20 to 80 you lose around 35 to 40 percent of your strength, with the most change taking place after age 50. That’s why it’s critical for any demographic, but particularly our aging population, to take preventative measures in creating strong and healthy muscles in order to live a long, happy, mobile life.
The muscles mentioned above are just the commonly known muscles in the lower half of the human body. As you can imagine, there are many more muscles that we must show love to. So, how does one strengthen their insides and keep healthy? Resistance training of course. Though, here at Moorings Park, we’re focused on pneumatics.
What is Pneumatic Training?
Pneumatic training is another term meaning air resistance training. Instead of clunky blocks of metal being the substance you’re “picking up and putting down,” it’s air.
I know what you’re thinking. How do I build muscle from lifting air?
It’s like the saying goes: What weighs more? Ten pounds of brick or ten pounds of feathers? As you know, both weigh the same.
Air compressed training has far more benefits than standard weight training and gym equipment. Each of Moorings Park’s fitness centers are loaded with Keiser pneumatic fitness equipment to deliver the most beneficial workout to members.
What are the Benefits of Pneumatic Training?
1. Offers Less Risk of Injury
Pneumatic equipment provides less risk of injury and is easier on the body. As Keiser notes, “the muscles remain active and engaged throughout the entire range of motion and velocities, with reduced shock loadsing to muscles, connective tissues and joints, which allows for workout regimens that can safely improve physical performance in ways not seen with traditional strength-training methods.”
2. Gradual Weight Increase
Easier progress is made during training as pneumatic technology allows for an incremental increase of weight. It’s not healthy to strain your body when weight training. The fact that users can work up to an appropriate weight is sure to prevent injury and make for a more enjoyable workout experience.
3. Quiet Operation
Speaking of enjoyment, nobody loves loud noises. Especially the pounding of metal. Air compressed gym equipment is quiet, for obvious reasons. You can now say goodbye to a noisy gym experience. Although, we can’t promise there will be a decrease in moans and groans.
4. Easy to Use
Who doesn’t love simplicity? And the use of pneumatic strength equipment is, well, simple to use. Instead of stacking clunky, heavy weights on top of one another, users are able to set the resistance level with just a push of a button. That also increases the safety level for users if they may need a break.
What Types of Equipment are Available?
Truthfully, there isn’t any type of fitness equipment that isn’t available as a pneumatic system. From treadmills, leg presses, squat machines and chest presses to indoor bikes and weight racks, you can find them in air-compressed forms.
Even if you’re goal isn’t to gain muscle mass, working out and keeping active is just as vital. There are even major health advantages of simply walking daily. Don’t forget, your heart is a muscle.
Moorings Park Communities’ fitness centers are all equipped with pneumatic machines for residents to use as tools for successful aging. We also provide personal training services to get the most knowledge and benefit from your workouts. Who doesn’t love a customized plan?
To receive more information about what Moorings Park has to offer, or to speak with a member of our team, contact us today!