Strength Training for Seniors
Strength training is a controlled, slow exercise that makes muscles work against tension. This method of exercise is extremely beneficial for seniors as it improves balance, coordination, and flexibility. Strength training also fights bone mass loss and eases the pain associated with arthritis. Sadly, many seniors are not reaping the benefits of strength training. Although walking and jogging are beneficial, combining them with strength training exercises can give you added benefits.
Benefits of Strength Training
The benefits of strength training are numerous. Here are some of them.
Arthritis – Strength training decreases arthritis pain and increases muscle strength and physical performance.
Restores Balance – Loss of balance is a common factor in the aging process. This causes many falls and broken bones in seniors. Fractures can cause significant disability and have long-term repercussions. If the strength exercises are done properly, it significantly increases flexibility and balance.
Weight Loss and Maintenance – Weight management is a common problem for many 55+ seniors. Strength training is extremely good for weight control. Doing so increases your metabolic rate and helps with weight loss and weight control.
Glucose Control – Type II diabetes is extremely common among Americans. This increases the risk of heart and renal disease. Many studies have proven strength training exercises have a notable impact on the control of diabetes.
Strengthens Bones – Women can lose their bone mass at an alarming rate after menopause. The good news is, strength training increases bone density, and this reduces the risk of fractures.
Healthy Mind – Depression is common among seniors. Strength training exercises provide similar improvements in mood as antidepressants. The cause of this is not known. However, researchers believe that strength training makes seniors feel stronger and this, as well as, chemical changes in the brain help seniors overcome depression. Improved self-confidence and self-esteem help improve the quality of life.
Improved Sleep – The quality of sleep also improves with strength training. You fall asleep faster, sleep deeply, don’t wake at regular intervals throughout the night, and wake up feeling refreshed and invigorated, ready to be the day.
As you can see, strength training has many benefits. This along with a healthy workout routine will bring about many health benefits for you. Always consider medical advice before beginning this or any other exercise program.
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