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.