Exercise For Young And Old: High Rep

By Tom Herrin 

In case you haven’t heard, people as old as their 80s and 90s are becoming successfully involved in strength training programs.  You don’t have to try for that bodybuilder’s look to gain from the activity.  Resistance training has proven to improve balance and reduce falls.  We know that athletes are using weight training programs with increased success to improve conditioning and minimize injuries.  But for many of us, getting in better shape is our primary goal.  We recognize that we are in need of improved conditioning.  High repetitions with low weights may be a good supplement to your program.

Men And Women May Have Different Goals

It is true that we often associate weight training with men.  That may be a rapidly disappearing notion.  When it comes to overall conditioning, men and women alike can benefit.  Even people who are advanced in age can reap benefits from resistance training.  With high-rep, low-weight training, we may be looking at a very small amount of weight.  This could be as little as a few pounds.  The important thing is that we are adding some resistance besides our own body weight.  Resistance training can strengthen bones as well as muscles.  It is important that we do our homework and know the difference between benefit and damage.

Most Of Us Can Improve Our Endurance

A high rep program can improve our endurance, that is, our body’s ability to perform the necessary tasks without undue tiring and injury.  This can be a great help to older individuals as they tend to lose muscle strength without a well-planned program.  Muscle endurance can allow us to do more work and protect us from some of the common injuries that occur.  All this can lead to a much greater quality of life.  Don’t we all want that?

High Reps Can Be A Real Fat Burning Program

A lot of people jump through plenty of hoops to try to reduce body fat.  High rep exercises can be one of the most effective means of reducing excess body fat.  It can increase strength at the same time.  The combination of these two things, plus adding greater endurance can be reason enough to investigate a high-rep, low-resistance program.  The cost of implementing such a program in your life can be extremely minimal.  Give this program a few weeks of regular activity and you may feel like a new person.  You will surely wonder why you waited so long to try it.   

 

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