Research shows that weight training will help in the aging process.
The dreaded weight room…the place where Arnolds and the Future Miss America can be seen on any given day. But what about the average person trying to muster up enough courage to make a change in their exercise routine? Or the newbie starting out that’s heard talk about the benefits of weight training. How do these people incorporate weight training and not become overwhelmed with the whole process?
Research has shown that it is indeed beneficial to add weight training especially for the more mature crowd.
And although it is important at any particular age…it has become a must as the years pass by.
When people 65 and older did strength training twice a week, they lowered their odds of dying from any cause by almost half during a 15-year study.
“The secret to a longer and healthier life may not be available in pill form, but it may look like a barbell,” Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, in Hershey, Pa.
“Strength training can substantially decrease mortality risk, and more importantly, some of our other work demonstrates the impact of strength training on improving functional limitations (in older people),” she adds
The study included data on more than 30,000 adults, all 65 and older. The information was collected from 1997 through 2001 through the U.S. National Health Interview Survey.
Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Brad Thomas said, “Strength training has been well identified as a means to strengthen our bones and joints, but with this study we have a new benefit of longevity.” Thomas is an associate professor at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
Research shows the importance of weight training in everyone especially the more mature adult. If you need additional help or are unsure of the mechanics of weight training it is a good idea to consider joining a gym that offers coaches to help create an exercise regimen.
“Typically, two to three exercise sessions a week for 20 to 30 minutes are enough for most people to develop results,” said Kraschnewski. “Our studies have demonstrated older adults can double their strength in just 12 weeks.”
The study findings were published recently in the journal Preventive Medicine and provides even more information as to the benefits of the weight training lifestyle!
Today is a great day to add more “Life” to your lifestyle.
Weight training is a proven way to ensure a better quality of life for the best days ahead!