While weight training is a form of exercise that is most commonly associated with young people in their 20’s and 30’s, it is also a form of exercise that can be highly beneficial for those who are in their 50’s. Weight training, when done with a qualified and experienced personal trainer as well as with the approval of a doctor, is perfectly safe for those in their 50’s, and can help to slow the process of aging. Here are just a few of the many ways in which weight training benefits those who are over 50.
Weight Training Benefits Over 50
Strength for Everyday Activities
As the body ages, it is vital that its muscles are worked and maintained on a regular basis. This is due to the fact that as we age, we tend to lose muscle mass and thus, everyday activities can cause self harm. Weight training can help you to maintain your regular, active lifestyle, with less risk of injuring yourself as you will be continuing to maintain your body’s muscles.
Mobility and Flexibility
Mobility and flexibility is a great benefit of strength training. By continually working on your muscles, you will be able to maintain the muscles that allow you to do everyday things such as going on long walks or hikes. Even basic things such as bending over to pick things up off the ground will be simpler to achieve when your muscles are properly maintained.
Maintaining Bone Density
This is a critical benefit of weight training in your 50’s and later, since, especially for women, bone density can lessen extremely quickly at this stage in life. Women are particularly prone to osteoporosis (bone loss), as it is estimated that women in their 60’s only possess 20-30% of the bone density they originally had, which makes them extremely vulnerable to fracturing bones. However, weight training, in conjunction with a diet that consists of the proper amount of calcium, can help to slow the loss of bone density.
Looking Great Over 50
Don’t forget about the most motivating reason to do weight training – to look great naked! All of the health and functionality benefits will follow.
For those who are over 50, weight training can be an extremely beneficial form of exercise that will help to keep their bodies healthy and fit for many years. However, in order to ensure the safety of weight training at this age, it is vital that it is done with the help and guidance of a personal trainer. Contact us to find out more about the benefits of weight training over 50, and to find out about beginning your weight training regimen.
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Jason’s Tip of the Day – Cardio
Cardio! If you’re a fan of the movie “Zombieland” or just know what’s good for you, cardio is it. Combined with weight training and a nutritious, balanced diet, it’s the holy trinity of weight loss. But cardio alone has some great benefits. Can’t fit in time to get to the gym? Go for a BRISK walk or run. Leisurely walking won’t increase your heart rate and won’t give you the benefits of calorie burning and increased metabolism. Plus, you won’t be able to outrun zombies, which is crucial in the zombie apocalypse. Just remember to keep lifting weights as well. You’ll need to pack a punch if the zombies ever get to you.