In the past, most training programs have been based almost entirely on the experience of body builders, athletes or the biggest guy in the gym. Today this is not enough for the needs and demands of today’s de-conditioned, over weight and injury prone society usually from the result of being sedentary, poor posture and repetitive motion.
US statistics show 24.5% of NY adults are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. This does not include those who are over weight.
Overweight and obesity are significant risk factors for many chronic diseases and conditions including: heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, diabetes, endometrial, breast and colon cancers, arthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, vision and reproductive problems.
Did you know that 90% of the workforce in the U.S. uses a computer? And did you know the more you use a computer, the more likely it is that you’ll have a repetitive motion injury (RMI), become sedentary, create postural imbalances? In fact, the risk of a muscle-skeletal injury for someone who works on a computer four or more hours a day is nine times greater than it is for a person who spends just one hour per day. This along with poor dieting and lack of exercise contributes to these staggering factual statistics.
As we get older naturally our bodies will get weaker. We’ll lose bone density, muscle and strength will decline, especially after the age of 40. So if you you haven’t been actively challenging your body enough as a young adult, it doesn’t get easier as you get older.
A recent study concluded that total muscle mass decreases by nearly 50 percent for people between the ages of 20 and 90. On average, people lose about 30 percent of their strength between ages 50 and 70, and another 30 percent of what’s left per decade after that. Generally, people lose about 1 percent of their lean muscle mass per year after age 40.