When you're young you may not spend much time thinking about how your body will function as you get into your 50s, 60s and above. Or perhaps you're like my mother, who will be forever 37 years old...which makes me forever 14. Either way, the single most important factor in how you function when you get older is how strong you are.
We know that lifting weights throughout your life can keep you strong, but what about if you're already an older adult? Can you make a difference or is there a point when you're too old to build strength and muscle. One study, published in The American Journal of Medicine says you can. In the study, researchers examined several studies to find out if lifting weights is actually valuable for adults over 50. They found that, over 18-20 weeks, older adults gained an average of 2.42 pounds of muscle and increased their strength by 25-30%.
Considering that the average adult can gain about 1.5 to 5 pounds of lean muscle each month, that's pretty impressive.
If you've never strength trained, it can be tough to get started, but knowing what lies ahead - more strength, more muscle and a better quality of life - may add a little more motivation to the mix:
- Exercise Basics for Seniors
- Exercise for Seniors
- Total Body Strength for Seniors
- Basic Senior Strength Workout - Level 1
What about you? Are you an older adult who lifts weights? When did you get started and what advice to you have for others out there? Leave a comment and tell us your experiences with lifting weights.