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If You Want to Age Gracefully, Do Weights

By Tom Herrin

Many of us have plenty of concerns about our health as we grow older.  It is natural because we fear that we may experience what we have seen in others, and it may not have been pleasant.  Aging is something that we must all deal with if we live long enough, and we probably would like to do that.  Our body goes through some natural processes that can cause us to see some things that may not make us so happy.  While we will have some of it, there are things we can do to slow it down in many cases.  Weight training is one of those things that has received attention for good reason.  It can help many of us to maintain good health as we age and be able to continue to do the things we enjoy.

Protect Mental Your Health

A common problem for many older adults is the possibility of declining mental health.  We have all seen the stereotypical older person who is suffering from dementia.  There are times in which it may be inevitable, but much of the time, we may be able to do things to help.  Weight training has shown some promise in this area, according to studies.  They show a significant improvement in memory and less depression.  They also indicated that general cognitive functions may be improved.

Strengthen the Heart and Circulatory System

We all know that exercise is good for the heart.  Weight training may go a step further.  It may help to lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol, and lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides.  These are big because anytime we can reduce the work of the heart in pumping blood through the bloodstream, we can save wear on it.  Improving the health of the heart is a plus.

Strengthen the Bones

It is known that weight-bearing exercises can help to improve strength and density of bones.  Various issues causing bones to weaken are increasingly common today.  In addition to this, weight training is also helpful in dealing with arthritis.  Even though the sound of it may tend to cause people to think there is no way they would try it, weight training can help to improve mobility and reduce pain from arthritis.  I can say this is true from personal experience.  It is definitely worth giving this a try..

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Evans, Ga.

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