It is Never Too Late to Start
Am I too old to start weight training? Is weight training necessary for me? What does it do for me? I often hear these questions, and it makes me wonder why there is so little information about the benefits of strength training.
Spreading the Word
Often as well women and younger girls tell me during the first fitness check-up, - “I don’t want to gain any muscles, don’t forget that when putting the program together for me! (- ”but I DO want to lose weight”) ((- ”And do remember that I prefer to tone only my triceps and thighs!"))
We should spread more information about the benefits of strength training and especially how important it is to take care of our muscle strength when we get older. Gladly lately there has been more discussion about senior’s strength training, and strength training generally, and not only the concentrated importance of cardio/endurance, like it used to be.
When we do our yearly health check-up at the doctor, they do check up all the values from blood pressure to our blood tests but not our muscular strength. We could prevent so many diseases and improve our health if people would pay more attention to strength training.
How you live your life now can keep you going super fit until you reach age 90 or if you are not paying attention to your lifestyle, - differences can be pretty dramatic. But thank god there is some good news -it’s never too late to start!
Improve Your Health
Even for seniors, it’s possible to improve their muscle strength 10-30% only after few months starting the regular strength training. Older adults should just pay extra attention to their protein intake, unfortunately often many older people are missing enough protein in their nutrition. And not even mentioning how important clean nutrient-rich food is for all of us.
Don’t be afraid to start strength training. Earlier you choose the healthy lifestyle -Better. I have had clients starting over 80 years old; it’s never too late to start.
However, it is good to check up with your doctor before starting exercising. If you have a chronic disease, such as a heart condition, arthritis, diabetes, or high blood pressure. Or symptoms that could be due to a chronic illness, it's important that you're under the care of a doctor and talk to him or her about the types and amounts of exercising that is appropriate for you.
And most important; don’t forget positive attitude, I think that’s what drives us to go longer and further.
Benefits of Senior Strength Training
- Better functioning
- Improved balance and coordination
- Greater strength and flexibility
- Weight management
- More confidence
- Lower risk of falling
Not forgetting to mention: arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, back pain, depression, improved glucose control, sleep improvement, healthy heart tissue. My list could go on and on.
We wish you positive energy and attitude and remember, it's never too late to start! X Teija