How Strength Training Leads to Healthy Aging

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Aging involves an inevitable loss of strength and energy that can cause increased difficulty with day-to-day activities like walking distances, climbing stairs or carrying groceries. This process is largely due to muscle loss.

Strength training—sometimes called weight lifting or resistance training—is one of the best ways to keep muscles healthy and strong as you age. Done regularly, it builds bone and muscle density and improves balance, coordination and mobility. It also helps reduce your risk of falls and allows you to maintain independence in performing daily activities. Not only that, but strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many diseases and chronic conditions including arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, back pain and depression.

Although strength training aids in healthy aging, it’s important to be kind to your joints and realistic in your goals.

Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

• Utilize your full range of motion by performing movements that use your full body (steps, lunges, walking)
• Start with your own body weight before adding extra; you should be able to lift your own weight through exercises such as push-ups and squats
• Add weight using dumbbells or resistance bands, as they target the body’s largest muscle groups through functional movements
• Include balance and flexibility exercises in your exercise regimen
• Give yourself rest days and breaks in between strength training sessions

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