The benefits of Resistance Training as we age

According to the World Health Organisation, every adult should accumulate AT LEAST 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity EVERY DAY.

Recent studies show that fewer than 1 in 12 Irish adults over 50 years old do enough exercise to improve or maintain cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance. At least half of the age-related changes to muscles are caused by disuse. However, research has repeatedly shown that exercise can prevent and even REVERSE many age-related changes to muscles, bones and joints. It is never too late to start exercising. The benefits of exercising are manifold and much vaunted. Here follows some specific benefits of exercising as we age:

Weight bearing exercise such as walking/running or weight training is the best type for maintenance of bone mass.

Older people can increase muscle mass and strength through muscle strengthening activities.

Exercise can help make bones stronger and help slow the reduction of bone mineral density (osteoporosis).

Balance and co-ordination exercises can help reduce the risk of falls.

Regular exercise gives us MORE energy, helping us stay more alert with increased feeling of well being.

Stretching is another excellent way to help maintain joint flexibility.

Exercise helps us with greater sleep, feelings of health and vigour, and an overall sense of control.

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