How Strength Training Helps an Ageing Body

How Strength Training Helps an Ageing Body

Strength training as you get older

Strength training doesn’t mean you have to lift Olympic-sized weights and become a professional body builder to keep up your muscle mass as you age – although, you absolutely can if you like!

Getting older is a natural part of life that a lot of people actively try to avoid, because ageing is often associated with frailty, dependence, and health problems.

While it’s true that our bodies naturally start losing muscle mass once we hit the 30-year mark (generally at a rate of 5% per decade), this isn’t a concrete jail sentence for our health.

 

Lifting weights

Having a set of dumb-bells, a kettle bell, or any other weight-based equipment around the house is an easy way to encourage you to lift weight on a regular basis. They can be any weight – start small and increase as you feel the need.

Lifting weights and other strength training exercises works by triggering micro tears in the targeted muscles, that then rebuild and increase in size.

By regularly doing strength exercises, you can actively combat the rate of muscle degeneration and reduce the risk of frailty or related injuries and illnesses as you get older.

 

Bodyweight exercises at home

The simplest and cheapest option is to use your own bodyweight. Check out these 53 five-star bodyweight exercises you can do at home without any equipment at all.

Strength training and bodyweight exercises at home
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Increasing energy and fitness levels

Ageing doesn’t mean we stop doing our day-to-day activities and chores such as carrying shopping, cleaning, or even maintaining a physical job.

Strength training helps to increase your fitness levels as well as build your muscle capabilities, allowing you to keep up with life regardless of age. The better your fitness levels, the more energy you’ll have to do all the things you want and need to do.

 

Burning fat and keeping weight-related illness away

Strength training burns fat at an impressive rate, helping to keep those creeping calories from affecting an ageing waistline and risk of weight-related illnesses such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

As we age, it can become a lot more difficult to keep our bodies lean and even lose weight. This can be caused by a lot of factors, some including the decrease in lean muscle mass making it harder for the body to burn higher amounts of calories, as well as lowering your metabolism.

 

Improving your self esteem

As you start to see results from strength training and feel more energised to face the day, you may find your self esteem has been elevated.

Higher self-esteem can help to combat mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as reducing your cortisol levels (the stress hormone) linked to weight gain, mental health disorders, and high blood pressure.

The best perk about strength training, is that it’s never too late to start!

 

Need help? Overdone it?

Your practitioner can assess what goals you are trying to achieve and provide the best exercises and routines that are best for you.

If you’ve been working out at home or the gym and you’ve done yourself an injury, then we can get that injury fixed, and tell you where you’ve gone wrong so that you can stop it happening again.

Contact the team on 0191 398 0000 for advice, or book a free consultation today.

 

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