Weightlifting is hugely beneficial for health, but many people still think that, in the case of seniors, light walking or basic daily activity is “more than enough”. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, as building strength with activities like weightlifting can actually be extremely beneficial for older aged individuals.
Let’s look at some of these scientifically-backed benefits. And as always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch. We are here to help.
10 Benefits of Strength Training for Seniors:
1. Significant improvements in muscle mass and muscle quality
2. Long term lifting is the best way to prevent age-related muscle loss
3. Increased muscle mass is associated with a significantly lower mortality risk in people with heart disease
4. Weight training consistently demonstrated improvements in static and dynamic balance
5. Strength training is as effective as aerobic based training in improving physical skills and functional capacities
6. It is crucial for improving bone health and increasing bone mineral density
7. Improves heart health by decreasing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure
8. Strength training reduces fasting glucose levels as well as insulin resistance, key in combating the effects of Type 2 Diabetes
9. Weight training improves sleep quality and sleep latency (time to fall asleep)
10. Strength training improves mental, emotional and cognitive health which impacts quality of life
These are just some of the benefits, if you would like to know more please contact the Osteopathy team at The Neighbourhood Clinic.