The Risks of Inactivity V’s Strength Training

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Starting strength training can often be perceived as dangerous or a risk. But what are the risks of not staying active and instead embracing strength training?

Let’s look at the risks of being inactive compared to implementing a strength training program.

Risks of Inactivity

1. Muscle Wastage/Sarcopenia

Inactivity leads to muscle wastage, which leads to frailty and an increased risk of slips, trips, and falls. Maintaining muscle mass and cardiovascular fitness is vital to healthy ageing.

2. Metabolic Disease

A lifestyle lacking physical activity contributes to obesity and insulin resistance, which is a precursor to diabetes. Muscle mass helps regulate blood sugar levels. Therefore, the more muscle, the better!

3. Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally. Both cardiovascular and strength training are proven methods in helping us prevent cardiovascular disease.

4. Low Fitness Levels

A good level of cardiovascular fitness is a strong indicator of healthy ageing. A sedentary lifestyle leads to a decrease in cardiovascular fitness. While the average person loses 7% per decade, a sedentary person loses as much as 15%.

5. Loss of Bone Density

Inactivity can decrease bone density. Strength training, combined with appropriate nutrition, is a proven method of increasing bone density and reducing the risk of bone fractures.

Risks of Strength Training

Injury Risk

There is a perception that strength training, especially in the untrained or older population, carries a higher risk of injury.

Evidence states that when performed in a supervised setting, starting at an appropriate level and appropriate intensity, the risk of injury is low and far outweighs the risk of inactivity.


With increased promotion, more people of all ages are embracing strength training to take control of the ageing process and improve their healthspan. Despite the perceived risk of injury, being sedentary far outweighs the risk of leading a more active life and embracing strength training.

If you would like to chat more about starting strength training, get in touch with us by calling 01432 271576 or complete our form here.


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