Why Is Weightlifting Essential As You Age?

Why Is-Weightlifting-Essential-As-You-Age?Would you like to add a few years to your life? Or make your remaining years more independent and productive? Weightlifting or strength training can offset or delay the loss of strength, joint problems, weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes and general weakness that comes with age.

There is no age limit to weight training or similar ‘resistance’ training that will help strengthen your muscles and bones. As you age this becomes more important to help offset muscle wasting and osteoporosis. Exercising, including weight training keeps both the body and mind healthy and active and can immensely benefit seniors strengthen their muscles and alleviate joint aches and pains.

Health Benefits of Weightlifting

As we grow older our muscle mass begins to deteriorate. A program of regular weight training 3 to 5 times a week can help to prevent muscle wasting or help replace lost muscle tissue. You can build lean muscle regardless of age.

Aging also causes a reduction of bone mass complicated by the body drawing calcium from bone tissue. Weightlifting strengthens bones and prevents fractures while also increasing stability and balance. This will help seniors move without the fear of fall and prevent broken bones caused by falls. For seniors suffering from osteoporosis (and balance issues) weightlifting is highly beneficial.

Resistance training and weightlifting increase your metabolic rate. When you increase your metabolism, you burn more fat helping seniors maintain body weight or lose weight if necessary. The only way to increase your metabolism is by exercising to add lean muscle. You can keep the fat burning going for many hours after you exercise. The combination of weight training and healthy dieting are excellent for weight loss for seniors who are overweight.

Weightlifting helps reduce the pain caused by arthritis as muscles, ligaments and tendons are strengthened by exercise. The range of motion of the joints and muscles around the joints are improved. Seniors suffering from arthritis and similar chronic conditions should start with light weights and slowly build up gradually.

Weightlifting promotes independence and the ability to conduct the activities of daily living. Weight training seniors are able to perform day to day routine work with little or no difficulty. Functional training allows the completion of tasks like carrying groceries or loading those groceries into and out of the car, climbing stairs, or the simple act of standing or sitting in a chair. Seniors who train with weights remain confident and independent.

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