We’ve written about benefits of strength training for seniors before, but don’t take our word for it. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) believes that strength training is the most important thing older adults can do, no matter how fit or unfit they are, and that it should take priority over aerobic activity.
Want to know why?
Six Benefits of Strength Training for Seniors
1. Improvement in functional strength and flexibility. Exercises that emphasize functional anatomy help keep you safe in regular activities – stuff like getting in and out of bed or the car, going up and down stairs and other daily movements. Plus, it can reduce your vulnerability to falls and other kinds of injury.
2. Increase in bone density and bone mass. Weight-bearing and resistance exercises are an important defense against osteoporosis. The more fragile your bones become, the more at risk you are for breaks. And here’s a bonus. If you’re currently struggling with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, strength training can help reduce the pain associated with these conditions.
3. Reduced resting blood pressure. It may seem counterintuitive, but studies have revealed that strength training decreases blood pressure. Instead of medicating, speak to your doctor about the value of a workout program. The trainers at Framework Personal Training are happy to work directly with your doctor to create a safe and effective fitness plan just for you.
4. Reduced symptoms of certain chronic diseases. From depression and sleep disorders to heart disease and type 2 diabetes, consistent strength training can be helpful with them all.
5. Reduced low back pain. Some 80% of the population deals with low back pain at one point or another, and muscles imbalances tend to be why. Functional training to target the right muscles can improve posture and function and reduce pain.
6. Increased serotonin – the “feel good” hormone. And this one needs no explanation!
It’s never too late to start a smart, safe and effective strength training regimen. And the best way to begin is with a qualified personal trainer at Framework Personal Training in Reno. Schedule your consultation today, and start making improvements to your quality of life now.