Strength Training for Seniors

Strength Training for Seniors

Good nutrition, proper rest and medical care are all recognized as important elements of senior health. Social media and marketing professionals do an outstanding job of targeting seniors with information (and misinformation) about food, drugs, Medicare plans, and sleep aids. There is another essential element for maintaining good senior health that is not heavily advertised. Regular physical exercise is a key to maintaining seniors’ good health. Participating in regular strengthening exercise promotes emotional and mental health as well as physical wellbeing. It can be of benefit in managing medical conditions often seen in seniors including arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease and back pain. Beyond all of that, strength training will make daily living a far more enjoyable experience. Climbing stairs, carrying groceries, or simply rising from a chair unaided are tasks that younger people do without a thought. As we age, these simple abilities can become more and more of a challenge, but regular strength exercises can keep seniors independent, mobile and healthy. It is a common misconception that “bodybuilding” or muscle-building exercises are exclusively...
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