Does your day revolve around sitting in front of a computer?

If the answer is yes then this blog applies to you! I’m going to explain why resistance training is your only hope of the situation below ‘not’ being an image of you in years to come.

We are all taught from an early age about planning financially for our retirement. On the other hand I’m not sure it’s drilled into us quite so much how important it is to also “physically“ plan for our retirement years. The quote “financial freedom” in our years of retirement should be paired up with having “physical freedom”. If you look after your body now, you will reap the benefits in the years to come.I have a client who is 76 and sat in front of a computer his entire working life, however he’s also been doing resistance training for years on end has no physical limitations. Yet friends his age are using walking sticks or struggling to make it across the road at a good pace. If you are in the 40 plus bracket with no regular resistance training and have been sitting behind a desk for 10 plus years I guarantee there’s already been changes in your posture for the worse. Slowly but surely your shoulders will be starting to round and your hip flexors and lower back will begin tightening. The first signs of the wear and tear of a desk job is normally a hump forming in your upper back and neck region. The medical term for it is called ‘Kyphosis’ also commonly known as ‘dowagers hump’.

More often than not it’s caused by poor posture which creeps in after hours of sitting in front of a computer, day after day, week after week. I’ve seen Kyphosis developing in people as early as their late 20’s. As time goes by, the shoulders become rounded and the final result is the situation above in your years of retirement.The good news is if you do resistance training you can specifically target your upper back muscles and build muscle in that area which will prevent dowagers hump from ever forming. The good news also is it can be corrected, but there is a point of no return which is why if you’re in your 50s or early 60’s you really need to act quickly and begin resistance training to correct the issue. Resistance training is the only way this issue can be corrected.Training the upper back is the most technical body part to train. I could walk into any gym around the world at any time of the day or night and see gym goers training their upper back incorrectly, using either their biceps, shoulders or both to do the movement rather than using their upper back muscles.Unfortunately most people who join a gym will get their one free hour session and then think they are ready to go for life, hence doing movements incorrectly for years on end that are not targeting the muscle they are intending to develop.Don’t make that mistake – get a trainer with experience and schedule workouts and training sessions on a regular basis, it will be an investment you can’t lose on. Make a positive decision for your body and act today!

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