To preserve your independence and quality of life it is important to train differently, smarter. Not only are we trying to overcome the loss of muscle mass and strength, but we need to build resilience to ease and manage chronic conditions, and to reduce our overall physical vulnerability.
There are three key areas in which we need to be mindful as we pursue fitness as older adults: strength, flexibility, and balance training (agility).
You may remember how you lifted weights as a 20 or 30 year old, well, when we get to be about 50 so much has changed within our bodies and we need to mindful that strength training looks a little different. Injury prevention is the main concern are injuries and over exertion. Studies have shown that resistance training and isometric training actually is better at building strength with minimal injuries.
In the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research it summarizes the many ways in which resistance training promotes healthy aging. “Current research has demonstrated that resistance training is a powerful care model to combat loss of muscle strength and mass in the aging population.” Mark D. Peterson, Ph.D.
A few examples of effective strength training are:
Acquiring and maintaining good balance is greatly beneficial for older adults as prevention for falls, injury, and loss of independence.
We would love to discuss your training needs and answer any questions you may have. Remember that motion is lotion...we truly start aging when we stop moving! See you soon! Lisa
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A little from Dr. Dan, a little from Lisa but always a lot of good stuff!