Benefits of Strength Training in Older Adults

By Coach Billie

When I was in middle school I used to laugh at the phrase “if you don’t use it, you will lose it”. I
thought that didn’t pertain to me because I use everything all the time. Well, as I age and see people age
around me, I understand now that the phrase is spot on.
We know that staying active as we get older is one of the most important things we can do. But
we can do more than just be active, we can lift weights. Yes, I said it, weightlifting! It is not just for high
school, college and professional athletes. It is for the young, the old, the parents and the grandparents.

Here is a list of benefits for older adults:
– Weight management
– Reduces symptoms of depression, pain, diabetes, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
– Improves sleep patterns
– Increase strength and muscle mass
– Boosts metabolism
– Promotes more independence as one gets older!!!

The last benefit really hits home. One of the most common complaints of older people is becoming
a burden to their children…because they cannot take care of themselves. So let’s start using those
main muscle groups to help you fight chronic disease and improve independence. As always, make
sure you find the appropriate strength-training program that is safe and effective, with a trainer who is knowledgeable about training those who are older. Remember, if you don’t use it, you will lose it.


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