The Benefits of Strength Training for Seniors – Why It’s Never too Late to Start!
Here are just a few reasons why seniors should seriously consider some kind of strength training program instead of just going for a walk. I’m not knocking the walk but I feel that if you can walk then you can get to a gym and receive many benefits that walking alone will not provide.
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Protect That Deteriorating Muscle and Bone Mass.
From the moment we finish puberty we begin to lose strength, muscle mass and bone density unless we do something about it. Most adults accept these things as being a natural part of aging, however many don’t realise is that these trends can all be slowed and sometimes reversed with just a few hours per week of strength training. The best thing about this is that it is never too late to start.
Studies have shown that even nursing home patients in their 90′s can benefit from a sensible strength training program and can show improvements in.
- Lean Muscle Mass
- Bone Density
- Balance and Co-ordination
If 90 year old nursing home patients can do it, then really there’s no excuse is there.
Improve Your Longevity and Quality of Life.
Strength training (combined with healthy eating) is about as close to the fountain of youth as you will get. Why spend hundreds of dollars on skin creams that make dubious claims about how they fight the “visible signs of aging” if you aren’t willing to spend any time or money fighting the invisible signs of aging that are occurring just beneath the skin. If you are serious about looking younger, feeling better and living longer then you should be focused on exercise (strength training and cardio) and good food instead of gimmicks.
Keep the Mind Sharp as Well as the Body.
Exercise doesn’t just slow down physical deterioration, it can also improve brain function. Studies are now appearing that show that strength training can provide a greater boost to mental functioning than aerobic exercise. Eat well, stay active and keep you mind sharp. It’s a win win situation.
So those are just a few of the benefits that older adults will receive by investing just a couple of hours per week to improve their quality of life. Of course the older you are the more important it is to get professional medical advice before embarking on any kind of strength training routine, so be sure to do that first.
Just remember, it’s never too late to start.