Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Strength Training is Not Only For the Young

If you think that strength training is only for enhancing muscular development in the young, you are mistaken.  Results of a 2009 large scale study involving over 1600 men and women who performed one set of resistance exercises 2 or 3 days per week, for a 10 week period showed on average the participants added 3 pounds of lean muscle, and lost 4 pounds of body fat.  However, an even more astounding finding was that seniors (ages 65 to 80) developed muscle at the same rate as did those in the younger age groups.

As the above study indicates, strength training is just as effective for aging adults as it is for younger adults and it's never too late to start.  Men and women well into their 90s have seen similar results when they start strength training on a weekly basis.

If you are ready to start a strength training program, checkout my beginner through advanced programs for those over age 50 at Forever Fit and Firm.