- Exercise & Fitness
Weight Training For Seniors
Senior Fitness Workout
Benefits of Weight Training as We Get Older
As we get older our bodies don’t respond to exercise the same way. It becomes harder to loss weight. We lose muscle tone and we are more prone to osteoporosis, especially in elderly women.
After the age of 40, our energy levels fall. Keeping a fitness level takes more work. This is the default mechanism many people live with and accept. But we do not have to accept this. Keeping fit is the key to a happy and healthy life.
Weight training for seniors helps tone those muscles, slow down the process for brittle bones and brings by the energy level.
What are some of the good points of weight training?
- Control diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression and back pain.
- Improves balance.
- Improved Posture.
- Increased flexibility and range of motion.
- Strengthens the bones and reduces risk of fractures.
- Improves sleep and heart muscle.
- Leads to a more healthy and independent life.
- Exercise can slow the physiological aging clock.
Before you start with weight training, talk to your doctor or trainer. Start out with easy stretching exercises to warm up. This should be done before any type of exercising or working with weights. It allows mobility and is the best way to not overstrain oneself while working out.
Start training at your own pace. If you start to feel overheated or overly tired, take a break, drink plenty of water and continue on a little later. Don’t over due it.
In a 12 month study at TuftsUniversity conducted on postmenopausal women, lifting weights two or three times a week increased strength by building muscle mass and bone density. The Universities findings demonstrated 1% gains in hip and spine bone density, 75% increases in strength and 13% increases in dynamic balance with just two days per week of progressive strength training. This strength training translates to fewer fractures.
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