A lot of people in their 50s are in the prime of their careers. Years of hard work have paid off in terms of professional achievement and, with children in college or just finishing high school, they look forward to a rewarding “second act” with disposable income and more well-earned free time.
Weight Training Over 50: Stay Fit and Young
Health After 50
Unfortunately, it’s also the time in many people’s lives where they find themselves in the worst physical shape they’ve ever been in: career success often comes at a price, and after years of having to juggle work demands with raising a family and maintaining a household, you may realize that you only have a distant memory of what the inside of a gym looks like or what it feels like to be able to run around with your kids or dog and not be exhausted by activities that should be purely fun.
If you were in better shape in your youth but think it may be too late to get in shape now, think again! Your 50s are an especially good time to shed extra pounds and to physically build yourself back up. Doing so will not only make you look and feel better; you will also be safeguarding yourself against a loss of mobility that plagues many people beginning as early as their 50s or 60s due to poor diet (which can lead to chronic inflammation and pain) and too little exercise.
Weight Training Over 50 – Time To Start
Weight training benefits people over 50 by preserving lean tissue that is needed for mobility in old age. Think of muscle strength as money in the bank: the more of it you have, the more options you will continue to have for leading a full, active life as you age. Another major benefit of regular weight training over 50 is health improvement and maintenance, including bone building and muscle toning since weight-bearing exercise programs your body to activate muscle tissue and deposit more calcium into your bones so that they will be strong enough to support your active lifestyle. And you don’t have to be an aspiring bodybuilder to lift weights: a twice-weekly total-body workout targeting all the major muscle groups in your legs, upper body and core is a great way for anyone to get in shape and to reap the benefits well into old age.
High Performance Personal Training is dedicated to helping people of all ages to get in the shape they want to be in and to live the healthiest, fullest lives possible. If you live in the Los Angeles area and are ready to fully embrace a new, healthy lifestyle under the guidance of a certified personal trainer, contact us today.