Senior living enhanced by strength training

senior strength training

For a senior, there’s no limit to the number of activities you can enjoy – provided you maintain the strength and mobility to do so!

As we get older, maintaining our strength and muscle mass becomes increasingly critical. Generally speaking, for people who don’t partake in strength-training exercises, muscle mass (and corresponding strength) begins to decline after age 40 and that rate of decline accelerates after age 50.

The condition – known as sarcopenia – is something that seniors can potentially avoid because there are strength-training classes offered daily.

The goal for strength-training isn’t about looking buff in your bathing suit (although that certainly may be a byproduct!). No, it’s about maintaining the FUNCTIONAL strength you’ll need to perform everyday activities throughout the rest of your life.

Things such as:

  • Lifting and carrying groceries
  • Getting in and out of chairs and cars
  • Walking up and down steps
  • Negotiating curbs and other uneven terrain
  • Maintaining balance and avoiding falls

That final one is of paramount importance because, statistically speaking, falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors.

2004 - 2013, United States Unintentional Fall Death Rates per 100,000 All Races, Both Sexes, Ages 65+ Source: 2004: 41.15, 2005: 43.12, 2006: 44.8, 2007: 48.47, 2008: 50.91, 2009: 51.54, 2010: 53.76, 2011: 55.36, 2012: 56.07, 2013: 56.96

Strength-training actually provides numerous benefits.

Consider this, for instance: A senior can potentially ward off arthritis pain by partaking in a strength-training program.

Yes, it may at first seem counterintuitive to be more active when you’re experiencing joint pain, but moderate, productive activity – especially in the form of strength training – can actually alleviate some arthritis discomfort.

That’s because, when you build muscle strength, you’re simultaneously decreasing the stress on your inflamed, weight-bearing joints.

Another benefit of strength-training is that it also works out your brain. You see, whenever you exercise, your brain is forced to make new neural connections – thus enhancing your mental acuity. Indeed, the old “use it or lose it” saying goes for both your body – and your brain!

And the great thing about strength-training – especially if you’ve never done it before – is that YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO START … or to make rapid gains. Just have a certified trainer who specializes in senior strength training guide you through the movements.

All over the country, septuagenarians, octogenarians, nonagenarians and centenarians are reaping the benefits of doing exercising with dumbbells, cables, machines and even their own body weight.

If you haven’t already – well, it’s time to join their numbers!

Senior Living

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