Exercise for the Elderly

Utsav Agrawal
Utsav Agrawal

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Exercise Science

Weight training isn’t just for millennials. Baby Boomers can also derive huge benefits from it. In fact, if they want to maintain good health well into their old age, then weight training needs to be a part of their fitness regime.

Benefits: #1. Preserves and develops muscle mass #2. Increases bone density #3. Improves strength #4. Better joint health The last point is worth noting. A number of fitness myths claim that older people who lift weights will get achy joints. The fact is that other factors such as genetics, lifestyle, food habits, loss of bone minerals, etc. also lead to poor joint health. Weight training, if started early enough, can alleviate the problem to a great extent. Think about it: what would have happened if they had begun lifting weights when they were younger? Of course, lifting without proper knowledge, improper form/technique & over-training can lead to joint stress and injuries. Ignoring those injuries & exercising through them can also create problems that persist into old age. But If weight training is done under proper guidance, and with knowledge of technique & exercises, then your joints will become more healthy. Weight training is also the only remedy for the prevention of bone mineral depletion. Research has shown that weight training even decreases the joint damage in arthritis patients. Weight training is ANTI-AGING. Period. Add it to your fitness program and reap the benefits! Reference - 1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3606891/ 2.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3794485/ 3.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8604366/ 4.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3455754/ 5.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14552938/

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