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Weight Training For Seniors

Updated on February 12, 2015

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?

  1. Control diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression and back pain.
  2. Improves balance.
  3. Improved Posture.
  4. Increased flexibility and range of motion.
  5. Strengthens the bones and reduces risk of fractures.
  6. Improves sleep and heart muscle.
  7. Leads to a more healthy and independent life.
  8. 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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      Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

      interesting very good read.

    • xzendor profile image

      xzendor 7 years ago from Eastern USA

      Good Information Sandy.

      People Need To Realize That It Is Essential That As They Get Older That Exercise Is Very Important Even More So Than When They Were Younger.

      All Important As The Body Begins To Slow Down It's Production Of Hormones And Chemicals That We Need To Stay Healthy.

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      GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

      Nice informative hub..hubby has lost over 40 lbs since January doing a lot of that:O)

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Great info. Something that more people need to understand. We lose a tremendous amount of muscle mass after 40 or so. If you don't do some weight training, you'll be left with very little muscle after your 50's. So many people don't understand that we do have some control over how we age.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Cute hub, I've read several articles that back up the benefits that you've stated and even saw one lady that looked very good for her age in a magazine some months ago. Thanks for sharing the info here on hubpages.!

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      This was a very great hub. When I think about weight lifting I always think about younger people doing it. So this hub has really made me realize that weight training can benefit every one. Thank you for this information.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm not quite a senior yet, but these were great tips!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Great information and very important topic!

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Well written hub thanks for sharing..

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      Sandyspider. Hi. I have read through this hub once and found it to have great information, as I am a way past the halfway mark, and do a little exercise. What I really need is to put a little weight on, not take it off. Will read it again and try some of your methods. Thank you for sharing with us. :) :)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Darlene, according to your avatar, you look great for your age. :)

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Love this, as a senior I enjoy reading this, I have a problem with my spine, hard to walk or stand, but I think your advise and suggestion are very helpful. Great hub

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      Daddy Paul 7 years ago from Michigan

      Good read. When you get old like me you can really tell who works out and who does not.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      The first picture definitely gave me a giggle. I was imagining my grandparents lifting weights.

      Exercise is definitely important at all ages though.