Exercise and strength training are important for anyone looking to stay healthy, but it is especially important for those over the age of 50. A recent article on AARP.com shared that a study of 1,328 adults, ages 50 to 90, gained an average of 2.5 pounds of lean body mass over a 20 week period with resistance training. Researchers reviewed relevant scientific literature in conjunction with the study on the topic and concluded that strength training can in fact counter age related muscle loss.
The encouraging news does not stop there! Other benefits of strength training included reduced risk of osteoporosis, diabetes and falls, along with improved brain power. “The rewards are tremendous — much better mobility and quality of life as you get older,” says Mark D. Peterson, an exercise physiologist with the University of Michigan. It is important, however, to be cautious and meet with a trainer who can design a safe and appropriate program for you.. And strength training does not simply imply lifting weights. Other effective alternatives include pilates and resistance bands. So whatever your choice may be, strength training can help you stay mobile, healthy and independent.