As we age, most people notice a range of changes in their health. One change might not seem like such a big deal, but more than one can add up to poor health long-term. For example, we might notice we are not as strong as we once were. We might discover that our balance isn’t what it used to be. As a result we may be prone to losing our balance and injuring ourselves due to slips, trips and falls.
With ageing comes a number of illnesses that can affect our fitness and mobility, such as arthritis and osteoporosis. We might also suffer from heart or lung disorders which can affect our stamina and endurance. These conditions might all seem to limit our ability to exercise, leading people to believe they can’t or shouldn’t work out.
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Exercising, including strength training, can help relieve the symptoms of many of these conditions, easing pain and stiffness and helping your heart and lungs work more efficiently, thus improving your overall health.
According to everyday health.com working out with weights does so much more than give men and women fit and toned bodies.
Many older people shy away from exercise because they fear pain or injury. They might also think they have to spend hours in a gym working out to see any results, so why bother. Women in particular might hate the idea of pumping iron or sweating buckets. They might even feel embarrassed going to a gym that is full of young, healthy 20-somethings who are built like twigs.
The truth is that working out with light weights is easy to do at home. You can get results in as few as 10 minutes a day, often without even breaking a sweat. If you do decide to exercise with a workout partner, this can also lead to emotional health and well-being.
In the next post, starting with how weights can help your joints, we will begin to outline the benefits of light weights for your health, balance and strength, and how to get started using light weights safely and inexpensively.
You can read several articles on the many health benefits of weight training at everydayhealth.com
Disclaimer: Use caution when beginning a new wellness program. Not all exercise programs are suitable for everyone. Always, check with your doctor before you begin. the60life.com will not be responsible or liable for any injury sustained as a result of using any program presented and/or discussed on the60life.com website.