I have been asked many times—why should I lift weights?
So here ya go!!
Strength training helps develop strong bones—-
Weight-bearing and resistance exercises increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Women are most vulnerable to this condition, so it’s extremely important that we are proactive at any age. Osteoporosis runs in my family, so I am doing everything possible to keep my bones as strong as possible.
Helps build muscle strength—-
Adults lose between five and seven pounds of muscle every decade after age 20. Only strength training prevents muscle loss.
Controls weight and lowers body fat—-
As we gain muscle, our body begins burning calories more efficiently. The more toned our muscles, the easier it is to control our weight.
Strength training can also reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions—-
Reduces resting blood pressure, increases low back strength and alleviates low back pain, reduces the pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Strength training can also help reduce the symptoms of depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and sleep disorders as well as enhancing personal appearance, self-confidence and self-esteem. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are on both sides of my family. So far, I have neither and I attribute healthy eating and exercise to keeping these at bay.
Strength training boosts stamina and aids in balance….
As you get stronger, you won’t fatigue as easily. No more naps on the couch!! ha And building muscle can contribute to better balance which is so important as we age. I am clumsy by nature, so I need all the help I can get!! “Who moved the coffee table? I just hit it with my knee!!” ha
As you can see, it is so important we strength train as we age to fight the loss of muscle mass and strength and fight off chronic illness.
Start now and continue into your senior years!! Those older years are critically important, so get started!!!