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Reversed Effects of Aging

Aug 17, 2007
You may have seen an elderly man or woman stooped over walking with a walker, barely moving towards their destination. Their upper backs have been rounded for so many years that they can hardly lift up their heads. Their steps are slow, small, shaky and inconsistent. No one wants to end up in that condition. One of the best ways to prevent and even reverse these effects of training is to strength train.

Most people speak about cardiovascular health and how it is very important to living a healthy life style. Many times using a 5k race or 30 minutes of cardio may be used as a goal to shoot for. On a functional level, these are not the most important or necessary things for the elderly. They do not need to be able to run for 30 minutes initially. If you can progressively reach that goal, that's great.

Your exercise plan should always be progressive. The body is like a computer that always needs to be updated with the latest computer software to remain at its peak performance. Have you been doing the same exercise, for the same amount of repetitions and sets for the past year, if so its time to change things up. Your body will make internal and external adaptations in order to continue working, and doing the new tasks that you continually presents it with. If you become stagnant, your body gets used to it, and will have no reason to continually improve. When there is no improvement means there will not be any more results.

Many of the elderly are more concerned with going up and down the stairs, or improving their balance and agility so they do not fall. If you have been close to and elderly person, you have seen how their weakness handicaps them. As we age we lose muscle fibers and bone density. We can regain both of these by strength training. If we strength train when we are younger, it is possible that you may never have to experience many of those effects of aging. Numerous research studies have proven that strength training when done correctly is beneficial for elderly men and women.

Resistance training in the elderly population improves the function, which can lead to a more independent lifestyle. The high level of disability and falls in the elderly may be due to their low muscular strength. By strength training the elderly can experiences increases in muscle size, strength and bone density. Practically speaking, older adults who weight train may have an easier time with their daily-activities, lengthen their years of independent living, and experience fewer chronic diseases.
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