Let’s face it, everyone gets older eventually. With age comes four common health issues that older adults face: osteoporosis/osteopenia, falling and balance issues, sarcopenia, and heart disease. Just because they are common doesn’t mean we have to roll over and accept it. Starting a strength training routine can help you prevent and manage these age-related issues.
Category: Fitness for Older Adults
2020 has been difficult for many. The COVID pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives – the way we shop, the way we get together with friends and family, and also the way we exercise. Many gyms have been closed and outdoor recreation sites are crowded, so it has been a challenge to get in the workouts that are essential to staying healthy. For those in a high-risk category, such as the immunocompromised or those that are 55 years or older, it’s even more important to consider how to exercise safely.
Muscle loss happens naturally as we age, and it can have serious consequences. But many people think that building muscle after 50 years of age is unlikely or even dangerous. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! Building muscle after you turn 50 can make a huge difference in your quality of life as you reach your later years. While you may not be as rough and tumble as you once were, you can still weight train to build muscle no matter your age. In fact, picking up a barbell or using a weight machine may provide benefits that you didn’t even realize were possible!
According to Harvard studies, as many as eight million women and two million men in the United States have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is responsible for more than two million fractures annually, and that number continues to rise. What’s even more devastating is that approximately 60 percent of people who break a hip never regain the independence they remember. Osteoporosis is no joke, but bone density itself has very little to do with calcium intake. Did you know that after age 40, bone mass starts to decrease at a rate of about 1 percent per year? You’re not helpless, though! Several studies show that strength training can not only help slow bone loss, but it can also build bone.
One thing that many gym-goers and fitness fiends seem to worry about the most is that their muscles may get too bulky. However, what many people should be worrying about is the exact opposite– losing muscle mass as they age. Studies have shown that adults who don’t regularly participate in strength training can lose, on average, a half-pound of lean muscle tissue per year… starting at the age of just 25! This process, known as sarcopenia, can be halted and even reversed with the correct workout schedule. Sarcopenia prevention exercises are easy to work into your regular fitness routine, but if you don’t have a fitness routine just yet, they’re easy to get started with at Loyalty fitness with our one-on-one personal training programs at our Syosset, NY and Greenwich, CT private training gyms.