The 17 health benefits you can hold onto in later life

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17 Health Plus Benefits

7 strength training benefits for older people

17 Health Benefits
Following an earlier article on the 60life.com, this article introduces a major series to be posted on this site about the numerous benefits of strength training at any age.

Until recently, loss of muscle was generally believed to be inevitable as we progress into later life.This discouraging belief has now been firmly dispelled by the findings of new scientific studies which show that an increase in frailty with age is not inevitable and can be controlled to a significant degree through lifestyle change, particularly through taking more exercise.
Becoming fitter does offer a range of benefits for older people.

Here are seventeen of them

  1. Improved muscle strength and tone
  2. Stronger joints
  3. Better balance
  4. Increased flexibility
  5. Less pain and stiffness
  6. Less damage from arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis
  7. Better bones, even in those who have osteoporosis (thinning of bone)
  8. More stability, so you are less likely to fall and break any bones
  9. More mobility, which leads to a better quality of life and more independence even in old age
  10. Weight management and weight loss
    A faster metabolism
  11. Increased stamina and more energy after each workout
  12. Better posture
  13. A toned and trim body
  14. More self-confidence once you start looking and feeling better
  15. Greater self-esteem
  16. Cardiovascular exercise (aerobics) can burn more calories, but strength training has many benefits as well, both mental and physical.

And there is more! If you suffer from certain chronic health conditions, strength training can prevent, control or even reverse many major health conditions, including:

  • diabetes, through better blood glucose levels
  • heart disease
  • obesity
  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • metabolic syndrome (a form of early diabetes)
  • clinical depression and more.

Many of these conditions can lead to a loss of mobility if the sufferer does not exercise regularly. Clearly,not everyone is fit for a lot of fast and furious cardiovascular work, but most people can strength-train using,for example, resistance bands, without injuring themselves, even if they are a complete beginner who has not worked out for a while.

Improved physical health can lead to improved mental health, together leading to enhanced quality of life.

As with all the materials contained in this website this article is provided for educational and informational purpose only.No responsibility can be taken for any results or outcomes resulting from the use of this material.

Better quality of life is within your grasp. But you have to seize the opportunity.

Keynote : An increase in frailty in old age is not inevitable according to new scientific studies.  –     Aging in Motion

 

 

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