There have been hundreds, if not thousands, of studies with volunteers from ages 55-90 weight training. Training with weights, whether they are heavy or light, has been shown to be a safe, enjoyable, and beneficial activity for older adults.
As age increases, muscle mass and strength decreases. From age 50 muscle mass begins to decrease by 1-2% annually. In your 50s, muscle strength starts to fall by 1.5% and from age 60 and older it begins to decrease by 3% annually. This issue can lead to an increase in frailty and a significant increase in the risk of falls.
So, get off the couch, pick up some weights and start lifting… here are 10 benefits your body will thank you for:
This guest post was graciously provided by Nick Rizzo, Director of Training & Fitness at RunRepeat.com.