Rochester, Minn. (PRWEB) March 28, 2008
For the best results with strength training, proper technique is vital. MayoClinic.com has a new series of online strength training videos that help individuals maximize their strength training program. The new series includes detailed instruction on more than 30 strength training exercises, including body weight, resistance tubing, free weight and weight machine exercises.
When done correctly, strength training can help people lose fat, increase strength and muscle tone, and improve bone density. But if done incorrectly, strength training won't provide these benefits -- and may even lead to injury.
Here are some simple tips to help individuals maximize their strength training program:
-- Lift an appropriate amount of weight. Start with a weight you can lift comfortably 12 to 15 times.
-- Use proper form. Learn to do each exercise correctly.
-- Breathe. Holding your breath may increase your blood pressure.
-- Seek balance. Work all major muscles -- abdominals, legs, chest, back, shoulders and arms.
-- Rest. Avoid exercising the same muscles two days in a row. Work all of the major muscle groups at a single session two or three times a week, or plan daily sessions for specific muscle groups.
MayoClinic.com also has recently added a new podcast to its site regarding weight training for busy people, including five time-saving tips.
Launched in 1995 and visited more than 13 million times a month, this award-winning Web site offers health information, self-improvement and disease management tools to empower people to manage their health. Produced by a team of Web professionals and medical experts, MayoClinic.com gives users access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,500 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic. MayoClinic.com offers intuitive, easy-to-use tools such as "Symptom Checker" and "First-Aid Guide" for fast answers about health conditions ranging from common to complex; as well as an A-Z library of more than 850 diseases and conditions; in-depth sections on 24 common diseases and conditions; 16 healthy living areas, including food and nutrition, recipes, fitness and weight control, videos, animations and features such as "Ask a Specialist" and "Drug Watch." Users can sign up for a free weekly e-newsletter called "Housecall," which provides the latest health information from Mayo Clinic. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com.