No matter how much we fight it, strength is harder to come by in old age. We are no longer enjoy the resilience of our strapping young bodies, which means that we are more vulnerable to injury; when injury does strike, it takes more out of us. That is why we believe, in accordance with general health guidelines, that strength training is essential to well-being in old age. By focusing on strengthening muscles in all the important areas of your body, you remain more able to function and more resilient to injury. Read on for more information about the importance of strength training for over-50s.
Whether you identify as a senior or not, strengthening should be an indispensible part of your weekly workout routine. We generally recommend lifting the appropriate level of weights 2-3 times a week, focusing on the major muscle groups of the core, arms and legs. The main types of strength training include:
While focusing on these areas of exercise will not reverse aging, they will directly address some of the main symptoms of aging, including:
In fact, strength training, along with aerobics, are your body's only natural defense against these incursions of age. They also help you avoid inherent dangers like falling by increasing your body's natural range of motion, coordination and balance.
No single exercise plan fits all. Every single person should approach their strength training based on their level of ability and the condition of their body. If you are living with a debilitating spinal condition, you need to take extra care before employing any plan to strengthen. Many movements, exercises and stretches that are considered appropriate for people with average fitness can actually increase the severity and pain inherent in your condition. If you are looking for a completely customized plan for strengthening as you age, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.