Most older individuals are well aware that they need regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming, or running, to strengthen their heart and lungs and tone their bodies, but many dismiss weight training as an activity predominately for the young or the vain.
However, it is the only type of exercise that can substantially slow, and even reverse, the declines in muscle mass, bone density, and strength that we were once considered inevitable consequences of aging.
Unlike aerobic, or endurance, activities, which improve cardiovascular fitness and require moving large muscle groups hundreds of times against gravity, weights provide so much resistance that muscles gain strength from only a few movements.
Resistance is usually provided by free weights or machines, but individuals can also can stronger by exercising in water.
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I sent my Son and my daughter a text message early this morning. This is what it said,
“6,031 steps, 6.5 km in 55 minutes and I am 60. ha ha” My Son said, “Awesome! proud of you lil’momma.”
My daughter said, “You rock momma.”
It was a crisp, Fall morning that was perfect for my power walk and run.