4 Ways Resistance Training can benefit us as we age

Prevent Osteoporosis

Every year, many older adults suffer injuries from weakened bones due to osteoporosis. Maintaining strong bones and muscles has to be a top priority if we are to retain our freedom of movement.

One of the best ways to keep bones strong and healthy is to do resistance training such as weight lifting on a weekly basis. If lifting weights isn't your thing, you can do bodyweight exercises such as pushups, lunges, knee bends (bodyweight squats), calf raises, etc.

Build Stronger Muscles

Exercising with weights puts a demand on the body to get stronger and the body responds by not only building stronger muscles but also stronger bones. Speaking of muscles, building and maintaining lean muscle mass is beneficial for anyone at any age.

Increase Metabolism

Muscle cells burn more calories at rest than do fat cells so a higher proportion of muscle can result in a higher BMR (basal metabolic rate) which translates into a higher metabolism. Another benefit of muscle is the fact that a lean, muscular body can give you a more youthful appearance.

Develop a Lean, Toned Body

Contrary to popular belief, women who train with weights will not develop huge, bulky muscles like a man. The average woman is not going to look anything like that after a program of weight training. There is no real reason for women to fear lifting weights .

Professional female body builders in magazines and on television are either genetically gifted, train an insane amount of time, take special supplements, or use something illegal like steroids to achieve their massive muscular physiques.

For the average women, weight training will produce a leaner, tighter, more toned and defined body which is what most women consider to be sexy. Another fact to consider is that muscle is denser than fat and takes up less space. Two people can weigh exactly the same weight but the one with the higher proportion of lean muscle mass will appear leaner and slimmer.
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