The importance of Resistance
Training as we age
BY ROBERT ROCHEDIEU,
To many older adults, the
idea of training with weights
brings to mind younger men
and women who are physically
active. The truth is almost everyone
can benefit from some level of
resistance training. Adjusting for
physical and medical issues, regular
(up to three sessions) per week can
produce many rewards. Remember
to consult with your healthcare
professional before commencing
any exercise program.
Weight training can enhance
weight loss. Diet, aerobic activity
and weight training all contribute
to losing weight, but lifting elevates
your metabolism, which continues
beyond the exercise session to burn
Weight training will slow the loss
of muscle. Even if you maintain a
consistent body weight, you may
lose up to three pounds of muscle
and gain three pounds of fat every
Lifting weights will help to keep
your body young. By maintaining
as much of your muscle as possible,
simple tasks, such as getting out
of a chair, will be less challenging.
Weight training will help you
maintain bone strength. Having
stronger bones may prevent a hip
fracture or bone loss in your spine.
Flexibility can decrease up to fifty
percent as we age. Weight training
can help minimize this loss.
Weight training can contribute
to lowering your diastolic blood
pressure, which is the pressure in
the arteries between beats.
For people with Type-2 diabetes,
weight training can lower blood
Resistance training, performed
on a regular basis, can lessen oxidative
cell damage. This cell damage
can lead to various diseases
including cancer. Lifting can lower
levels of homocysteine, which is
a protein that has been linked to
the development of dementia and
Regular weight training can lower
stress hormones over less active
individuals. This can help create a
happier overall mood.
Weight training can help sleep
quality including falling asleep
faster and sleeping longer. Other
possible benefits include being
more productive, less depressed
and living a longer, happier life.
Weight training is just one factor
for all of us to utilize in maintaining
our bodies in the best condition
possible to get the most out
To your good health!
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