Strength training, sometimes called weight training or resistance training, has been proven to be beneficial and safe for women and men of all ages. It is not too late!
There are several benefits to strength training regularly, especially when you grow older. Strength training can help reduce the signs and symptoms of diseases and chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, obesity and depression. For example, strength training may be one of the best ways to get relief from arthritis. It helps lubricate and nourish the joint, but also strengthens the muscle around the joint to provide greater support.
Most people know that aerobic exercise, such as walking, running or swimming, has many great health benefits. Aerobic exercises help maintain one’s heart and lungs and increases cardiovascular fitness. However, it does not make your muscles strong. This is where strength training comes in! Lifting weights two or three times a week increases strength by building muscle mass and bone density.
Strength training involves working your muscles more than what they are used it, which will cause your muscles to become stronger and more toned. Along with your muscles becoming stronger, your tendons, ligaments and bones will be strengthened. This will make your joints more stable and less prone to injuries and falls. Daily routines such as walking up stairs, picking up children, grocery bags or your suitcase will become easier.
It is critical that older adults receive prior approval from their physician before participating in strength training. Working with a trainer at your local gym or finding one to come to your home fitness studio is also a great idea, so that you are taught the correct way to execute movements and know how much weight to use to receive the full benefits of strength training.
Disclaimer: This article contains my personal opinion about health topics for information and educational purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. If you have any questions related with your condition you should contact your doctor or healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention.