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Strength Training Myths

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Updated June 18, 2009

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Myth 6: I'm too old to lift weights
My grandmother is 89 years old and when she says she's too old to do something, I know that's just an excuse for getting out of something she doesn't want to do. I know this because she walks every day and she does water aerobics twice a week. She also keeps some light dumbbells lying around for exercising while she watches TV.

If asked, what my grandmother would say is: "If I can do it, anyone can do it," and she would be right. Obviously, if you have medical issues or conditions you would need to visit the doctor to get clearance but, beyond that, there's no age limit on beginning a strength program and, even better, the improvements you see will make your life better, including:

  • Better functioning
  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Greater strength and flexibility
  • Weight management
  • More confidence
  • Lower risk of falling down

In fact, the risks associated with not exercising and lifting weights are much greater than a safe, effective strength program. In fact, without exercise, we could lose 3-5% of our muscle mass per decade after age 40, what experts call sarcopenia. This loss of muscle doesn't just cause weight gain, but it also contributes to reduced functionality and strength.

You don't have to spend hours lifting heavy weights to get the benefits, either. These resources will help you learn more and give you some ideas for exercises you can do:

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