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.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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