We all wonder about exercise and strength training, but what do we know about strength training as we get older? There are a number of benefits related to strength training as we get older. A few of these include:
- Decreased risk of heart disease.
- Increased bone density.
- Increased energy and improved sleep.
- Decrease in risk of adult onset diabetes.
Regular exercise, as we age, is critical for those of us who are getting older, and we have to face the fact that we are ALL getting older. It is the key to maintaining good health and decreasing health risks. The additional benefits of regaining muscle strength, flexibility, balance and increased metabolism will increase your quality of life.
A great way to get started is to get involved with a personal trainer at a reputable gym, someone who will encourage you and show you the best way for you to begin. In my experience, it is a lot more fun to work out with a trainer or in a small group of friends, when you have set appointments or set class times.
Most importantly, it is never too late to start exercising. The main thing is to start slowly, do things one enjoys like walking, cycling, yard work, swimming or attending a group fitness class. Even moderate activity like simply moving the body enough to get the heart pumping can provide great benefits.
Anne Kramer is an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer and currently works as a Fitness Coach and SilverSneakers Teacher at Being-Fit Fitness Centers in San Diego, CA.