• Peggi Ingram

Strength Training (especially) After 50.

Strength training is important for all ages but especially after 50.

Strength training after 50 helps your body in the following ways:

  • Builds bone density: Unexpected falls put countless older people in the hospital every year. An 8-year-old puts a cast on his arm and gets back to playing in 8 weeks. An 80-year-old isn’t quite so fortunate. The ramifications of broken bones can be devastating. Strength training can help.2

  • Builds muscle mass: No, this doesn’t mean you turn into the Incredible Hulk. It means that you are a solid, strong person who can lift their own groceries, push their own lawnmower, and pick yourself up if you fall down.

  • Decreases body fat: Too much body fat isn’t ideal for you at any age. Maintaining a healthy weight is important especially when it comes to preventing many diseases that come with aging populations.

  • Improves mental health: Along with aging comes a higher rate of depression and, for many, a loss of self-confidence. Strength training has been shown to improve your general self-efficacy and can help lessen the incidence of depression.

  • Lowers the risk of chronic disease: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends strength training for most older adults to help lessen the symptoms of the following chronic conditions: arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, back pain, depression.3

Strength training is a pretty good deal. For just 20 to 30 minutes a day, you can see big changes in your body's age. So let’s get started. The following workout will give you 10 excellent exercises that women over 50 can concentrate on during their workouts.

This link borrowed from verywellfit.com explains the exercises to increase strength.


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