It's Never to Late to Lift
Research shows that weight lifting is one of the best forms of medicine older adults can take to optimize their health. [1, 2, 3]
Aging is all too often associated with frailty, weakness and a number of physiologic and functional declines that can contribute to increased disability and a poor quality of life.
How many times have you heard someone say, “Getting old sucks.” or “I'm just getting old.”
While it's easy to say such statements and believe it to be so – it's just not true.
For every person who says, “My bones are just old and weak.” or “I'm too old to do that.” there's another person out there, the same age – doing the same things that supposed “old people” shouldn't be doing.
You see, getting old doesn't suck.
All getting old does is shed light on our vulnerabilities and years of physical neglect.
The older you are, the more time has passed to allow you to see things the things that have been missing in your life.
Getting old is a blessing, and with it comes experience, knowledge and understanding.
What people should say is, “Maybe it's time I do something different?”
Many of the contributing factors that we associate with “aging” are the loss of muscle mass and strength.
Current research has demonstrated that strength-training exercises have the ability to combat weakness and frailty and their debilitating consequences.
This means you can prevent and even reverse the effects of what we accept as aging.
Done regularly (e.g., 2 to 3 days per week), and just like chiropractic adjustments, weight lifting builds muscle strength, preserves bone density, independence, and vitality with age.
In addition, strength training also has the ability to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and the signs and symptoms of numerous chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes, while also improving sleep and reducing depression.