Strength Training Benefits for Seniors

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As we age, everyday tasks can become challenging. Simple movements, such as getting out of bed or taking a shower can pose a risk for potential falls, and many seniors worry that they'll slowly start to lose their independence completely. In recent years, more and more seniors have begun to incorporate strength training into their routines to help improve their overall quality of life, and the results are impressive. From increased strength and stamina to the ability to perform certain tasks, strength training has proven to be beneficial for seniors and young adults alike. Read on for some of the top strength training benefits for seniors.

Improve Strength & Balance

Many seniors can struggle with balance and are fearful of falling. By incorporating strength training into their routine, seniors can reduce their risk of falling by 40%. Seniors have the chance to improve core strength and coordination, which aids in better balance. With improved core strength, individuals are less likely to overcompensate by using their back muscles while performing tasks, which can often result in injuries. Strength training also improves posture to help to avoid slouching and rounded shoulders.

Reduce the Symptoms of Certain Diseases

According to healthcare professionals across the globe, strength training aids in reducing the symptoms of certain diseases, including:

·       Diabetes

·       Osteoporosis

·       Back pain

·       Depression

 Strength training is prescribed to manage arthritis and can also help to control glucose levels in diabetics. Another benefit of strength training is maintaining a healthy weight. Many seniors who engage in routine activity have a better chance of maintaining a healthy weight than those who don't participate in an exercise routine regularly.

Promote Independence & Improve Mood

Exercise releases endorphins, which help to raise energy levels, promoting a better mood. Exercise also helps with a better night's sleep. For many seniors, losing their independence can be a major concern; however, by adding exercise into their routines, seniors have an increased level of independence. By getting stronger and improving strength and coordination, many seniors are able to do more on their own, and in attending classes at a local facility, many seniors are able to form friendships with other seniors to hold them accountable and keep them active.

The Importance of Staying Active

At any age, it's important to do your part in staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle. For seniors who are looking to improve their health and well-being by incorporating strength training and exercise into their lifestyle, it's important to speak with a healthcare professional before beginning any exercise program. The benefits of strength training in seniors is apparent, and the results are astonishing. In writing this blog, we contracted with a nationally certified personal trainer who works with seniors on a daily basis.

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