As you age, you may start to develop the typical symptoms: fatigue, stiff back, aching joints etc. Doing regular strength training is a great way to combat this 'natural' part of life and keep you active.
Strength training, specifically Weightlifting, has many benefits which we will now cover.
Increases Bone Density
As we age, bones, over time, become brittle and weak. They lose their density, which can increase the chance of fractures.
Weightlifting is a proven sport to improve bone density, which in turn will reduce the risk of developing Osteoporosis. Adding muscle to your body, and therefore more stress on your skeleton forces your bones to strengthen. Although you should be doing this with a balanced diet, ensuring you are receiving the appropriate nutrition.
Improves Muscles Mass
Again, muscular dystrophy (muscle loss) occurs as part of a natural process of life. From the age of 30 we can lose up to 5% of our muscle mass every decade. And guess what? This rate is increased if we aren't active.
It's true what they say, if you don't use it, you'll lose it.
Weight training, when done with the right technique, will help you to keep and build upon your muscles.
Great Way To Socialise
According to Medicinenet.com, as many as 14% of males and 18% of females over 55 are depressed. Exercise releases endorphins and gets you active within the community. Speak to anyone who has done Weightlifting and they will tell you how much fun it is!
You may well be very sociable, which is great. But if you're not, Weightlifting is a great place that will force you to interact with a coach and training partners.
CrossFit Aldermastonn are below all smiling and cheering.
Start slowly and build up the big weights only after you have your technique to a sufficent level. Make sure you have a qualified and experienced Weightlifting coach to help you with your training.
And be sure to read the articles of Lifting Times!
You can find your local Weightlifting club here.
Here are a couple of useful articles around your joint health:
For more info head over to the British Masters Weightlifting website.
Weightlifting has many benefits to your mind and body. However, you must ensure that when you lift, you do so with the correct technique!