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Weight Training Is Better for Older People, Too

By Tom Herrin

Most of us probably think that once we reach a certain age, we are unable to do any kind of work with weights.  Of course, we may not be trying to compete in a weightlifting competition, but we may be able to make much more progress than we may realize.  Weight training does not mean that we will lift heavy weights, but it does mean that we should challenge ourselves a little as we go.  Form is always one of the keys to making progress and avoiding injuries.  Once we establish a program, we can look for ways to increase what we do.

Weights Can Help Prevent Muscle Loss

Even though we probably think that people who are older are no longer capable of developing any muscles, this is not at all true.  What is true is that we naturally lose some of our body muscle as we age, but this is even more reason for us to work to develop it.  Participating in weight training three times per week can help to boost and maintain our body muscle.  This can increase both the mass and quality.  It will go a long way toward helping us to function as we should.

The More We Do, the More We Can Do

Some things operate on a simple principle.  As we gain strength, we are able to move around more efficiently.  Even with parts of our bodies that have pain, as we strengthen them, the muscles can take the strain off of some of those areas that hurt.  I have arthritis in one shoulder.  I have found that if I use weights regularly, it seems to strengthen the muscles that support and move my shoulder.  I am able to move about much easier with much less pain even though some of my movement still seems to be limited.

Weights May Boost Mental Health

In today's world, mental health has become a big issue.  It is easy for us to become distraught, especially as we grow older.  Working with weights can help to build confidence in ourselves as well as gain confidence in our ability to move around without help.  Studies have shown that this can have a great impact on reducing depression.  It can also help to improve mental function and performance.  If for no other reason to lift, preserving mental function is a good one.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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