Muscle loss and everyday aches and pains can make it hard to stay fit as you age, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are the tips you need to know to get stronger as you get older:
Strength + resistance = success
Even if you walk your furry four-legged friend each night, you might not be getting the right type of exercise your body needs as it ages.
Try progressive-resistance strength training to maintain muscle. Strength training includes activities like lifting weights and upping the poundage or repetitions throughout the workout, while resistance training includes bodyweight workouts like push ups, sit ups, or using elastic bands.
These exercises pack a one-two punch in fighting the muscle loss that most people accept as a natural part of aging — meaning you have less jiggle and more flex!
By adding weights to your exercise regime — even if they’re just two pounders — you will burn more fat and build muscle. When paired with a diet, this training can be even more effective.
A recent study found that participants who cut calories and did strength training lost more weight than those who just cut calories or did aerobic exercise.
While strength training helps build muscle, it can also reduce risk of health conditions, from obesity to osteoporosis to depression. If you want to pick up a strength training regimine, consult your doctor and trainer to establish a game plan and learn proper technique.