To live a long, healthy life, start doing strength workouts, says a celebrity trainer who has worked with A-listers including Meghan Markle, Jennifer Aniston and Sofia Vergara.
Resistance training, particularly through low-impact exercise, is key to healthy ageing, says Sebastien Lagree, the founder of US-based Lagree Fitness, a high-intensity, low-impact exercise method.
“Not enough people understand the benefits of resistance training. It’s not just for the aesthetics,” he said. “Now that I’m 50, I’ve started to spend a lot more time on how to make these workouts the best for longevity. It’s not a consideration, it’s a necessity.”
But working out is just the beginning. Lagree’s approach for clients, as well as his own personal routine, focuses on muscular strength, consistent habits and heart health, as well as simple nutrition tips to improve fitness for the long haul, both in and out of the gym.
Muscle building focus keeps body and metabolism strong
Resistance training to build muscle and strength is a key part of adding healthy years to your life, Lagree said – and there is plenty of research to back it up.
“I’ve been preaching low-impact workouts as the future of fitness. With the low impact comes longevity; you can’t expect to do high impact forever