Weight training in later life

elderly people using weights

In general as we grow older we lose strength, balance and coordination. To what extent this occurs depends on a number of factors including genetics, diet, smoking and alcohol consumption. It also depends on how active a person is.

Research has shown that inactivity is responsible for the majority of age-associated muscle loss and weight training has been proved to replace it.

This in turn means stronger bones and a reduced risk of osteoporosis, fractures and injury during other activities.

It is recommended that this exercise program starts off with some gentle lifting with hand weights up to three times a week. This will help to condition the major muscle groups. A tin of baked beans is the perfect size and weight for hand weights. Lift ten times with each arm.

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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