Why Weight Training is Important as You Age

Why Weight Training is Important as You Age

 

You can’t fight time or the undesirable effects of aging, but you can make healthy choices to minimize them. Weight training benefits your physical health as you age, and here are a few reasons why:

Bone Density

Bone loss accelerates for men and women during midlife. Generally speaking, everyone will experience a 1 percent drop in bone mass per year past the age of 40, but this will vary depending on activity level and nutrition. 

Bone density loss can lead to osteoporosis, where the body loses too much bone, and the bones become weak and fragile. This is one reason why fractures are so common when older people experience even just a minor fall. This bone loss also contributes to feelings of weakness and fatigue.

Luckily, strong muscles lead to strong bones, so weight training can help minimize the risk of fractures due to bone loss and osteoporosis. Weight training can also slow bone loss and even build bone it is an activity that puts stress on the bones by tugging and pushing on them. When you put stress on your bones, it signals your bone-forming cells to get to work. This process is how weight training leads to stronger and denser bones, especially in the spine, hips, and wrists, which are most vulnerable to fractures. 

Balance 

Loss of physical strength and bone mass, along with a sense of coordination, are all factors that can impair balance as you age. Older and less active adults are more prone to muscle weakness, causing their balance to become impaired and making them more vulnerable to falls. The loss of coordination comes from a decline in cognitive abilities and neuromuscular functioning, making it even more difficult and mentally tasking to maintain balance. Strength training helps to improve balance and stability by promoting more muscle mass.

Joint Pain

Weightlifting can help alleviate joint pain and arthritis symptoms, which become more common with age, namely osteoarthritis. Not to mention, osteoarthritis can also occur from an injury which, as you age, you are more prone to. Weight training helps with joint pain by strengthening muscles and the ligaments and tendons surrounding the joints. Weight training does not apply stress directly to the joints, making it a safe activity even as you age or develop arthritis.

Quality of Life

By adding weight training to your gym routine, you not only improve your balance but help reinforce healthier joints and bones. Not only that but exercises such as weight training are shown to improve your mood and sleep.

As you age, you likely want to stay strong, healthy, and mobile enough to continue doing daily tasks independently. Weight training can help ensure you maintain the physical health and independence necessary for a higher quality of life.


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