When women reach menopause, they are at higher risk for developing osteoporosis. But developing brittle bones really starts at a much younger age. After we hit puberty , we begin to lose up to 1 % of our muscle and bone strength per year. Adding strength or resistance training to your workouts can prevent and even reverse the damage, according to health experts.
What makes it so effective is that when our muscles meet resistance in our workouts, such as weights or other immovable objects, there is a breaking down of the muscle fibers. But during a resting phase, new muscle fibers grow, strengthening, toning and trimming them. That’s why experts recommend strength training on alternate days for the best results.
In addition to weight loss and help with diseases like arthritis, heart disease and diabetes, strength training can elevate a person’s mood and help them to sleep better. No wonder doctors recommend adding strength training to our workouts, especially as we age.
But strength training is nothing new. God knew all along that we need to exercise our spiritual trust muscles to be strong and spiritually healthy.
We often come up against situations and difficulties which require us to use our spiritual trust muscles. They may even seem immovable or impossible. But trusting God through those circumstances helps breakdown our doubts and build up our faith in God’s promises, just as effectively as strength training builds and strengthens muscle tissue in our physical bodies.
What’s the phrase people use about physical exercise? No pain, no gain…
Father, help me to grow strong and healthy in you through the seeming impossibilities of life which stretch my trust and faith muscles. Amen.