Lift Your Way to Better Health as You Age
By Tom Herrin
Too often, we think of ourselves as being less capable and more restricted as we age. It is true that some of the things we may have done when we were younger can be more of a challenge, but we may not be as limited as we believe. Much of this is a state of mind. If we remember other older individuals as seeming to fade away as the years go by, we may simply accept this as the norm. In recent years, much has been learned about ways to help us maintain our health in later years. One of the things that appears to be a great help is lifting weights.
Using Weights May Preserve Muscles
Most of the time, when we think of anyone who lifts weights, we think of those who are muscled up. They may be bulky and toned. This could be the case, but it is not always the norm. Many who lift weights are simply protecting against muscle loss which generally happens as we age. Lifting can help to increase our metabolism and help to burn fat. If you have noticed someone you have known for years begin to appear pudgy and soft, it may well be due to muscle loss. Working with weights may help to head this off and provide a much leaner look.
Working With Weights May Give Us Independence
As we age, one of the greatest fears that many have is losing independence. Most people don't want to have to rely on someone else to get them around or help them with everyday activities. Lifting weights can help us to have more ability to carry out normal functions. When we protect strength, we are better able to do simple things that may require balance. Even walking can be much easier if we can develop those muscles we need to do so. Getting up and down can become a chore for some who allow the muscles needed to do so to deteriorate.
Cardio Health Is a Big Deal
Even though we all know that exercise can help to strengthen our hearts, we often neglect to do what we can. Using weights can help to keep the heart strong. It also may help to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol. It is known to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides. It may take a bit of effort to begin a program, but it can be worth every bit of it.
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