Weightlifting for Older Individuals
Many health and fitness experts suggest anyone over the age of 40 should have a regular exercise routine that includes strength training. This is especially true for individuals 60 and older.
Simple, weight-training benefits aren’t just for body builders anymore. As we get older, our bodies change. Metabolism decreases 2% to 5% every ten years. Bone mass in men and women peaks at age 30. The average male loses seven pounds of muscle mass every year for women, five.
Physicians and fitness experts know that any type of strength training, even once a week, will help the average person stave off health ailments. Across the country, community, fitness, and rehabilitation centers are turning to weight training for seniors. New techniques, such as super-slow resistance training, are specifically catered to people as old as 90!
What are the benefits of weight lifting?
Adding muscle to your body helps increase your metabolism. The more muscle your body has, the more energy you needs to maintain it
Increased muscle mass
Areas such as the knees, ankles, back and shoulders benefit from stronger muscular support
Posture and walking
Strength training is shown to help maintain correct posture, increase walking distance without supporting instruments, and even relieve symptoms of arthritis
Building bone mass through weight training, along with improved balance and agility can decrease hip, back, and leg injuries most seen in older individuals. (Especially in post menopausal women
Better mental health
Exercising in community or fitness centers helps to stave off depression with increases socialization with others.
So, the next time you pass a fitness center, or your local community hall, check to see if they have weight or strength training for seniors. It’s never too late to start!
Remember to consult with your physician before starting any exercise regiment.