Working out with weights isn’t only for people developing an amazing physique or training for competitive sports. Strength training of all kinds has many health and lifestyle benefits, and these become especially important as you age.
Here’s what it could do for you, even if you have absolutely no desire to ‘get ripped’.
So, while you probably don’t want to be the next Arnie, having stronger muscles does make life easier. From climbing stairs to carrying groceries, if you can take everyday physical activity in your stride, life will go more smoothly
But stronger muscles also lead to stronger bones. Regular strength training increases bone density and reduces the risks of fractures from bumps and bangs. It can even ward off osteoporosis and arthritis. However, take care to avoid high-impact training which can make any existing bone conditions worse.
Lightweight training gives you better balance and more control over your body. You’ll be more flexible, have more stamina, and be more confident in your physical abilities. All this lets you get out and about more and also stay more active across the other areas of your life
Better Heart Health
Just as with other forms of exercise, strength training reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, and regulates blood sugar levels. Together, this takes the strain off your heart and keeps you healthier for longer.
Improved Mental Health
Body and mind are closely intertwined, and a healthy body usually means a healthier mind. Strength training has been proven to improve mood and increase sharpness. Studies also show it helps prevent depression, anxiety, and other common mental health problems often associated with aging.
Insomnia is increasingly common with age, and it can lead to mental and physical issues far beyond fatigue. Even moderate strength training promotes easier and deeper sleep. Research suggests this effect is particularly strong if you work out in the mornings rather than later in the day, which is ideal if you no longer face a morning commute.
Of course, as you advance in years you need to be a little more careful with your workouts. Pushing too hard can do more harm than good. But the benefits of a sensible strength training routine are huge, and the sooner you begin, the better the results you’ll enjoy.
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