Male, Female, 20 years old or 60 years old. Have you considered starting a strength training program? Here’s a few reasons why everyone should lift weights:
- Increased muscle mass: Muscle mass naturally decreases with age. However strength training can help reverse the trend.
- Boost metabolism: As you gain muscle you boost your metabolic rate, which means you’ll burn more calories even when your body is at rest.
- Stronger bones: Strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of fractures.
- Joint flexibility: Strength training helps maintain joint flexibility and can reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
- Balance: Strengthening exercises can increase flexibility and balance as people age, reducing falls and injuries.
Further to these incredible benefits, lifting weights will transform not only your health and physique, but also your perception of what you are capable of doing physically. You will feel more empowered, proud and satisfied than ever before!
And you are never too old to start lifting weights! A combination of age-related changes, inactivity, and inadequate nutrition conspire to gradually steal bone mass, at the rate of 1% per year after age 40. As bones grow more fragile and susceptible to fracture, they are more likely to break after even a minor fall or a far less obvious stress, such as bending over to tie a shoelace.
Numerous studies have shown that strength training can play a role in slowing bone loss. And several show it can even build bone density! This is tremendously useful to help offset age-related declines in bone mass.
If you have any questions about lifting weights or starting a program give me a shout, I’d love to help you.
At any age you can be strong, fit, and sexy. Why wouldn’t you want to lift weights?