You probably think your 50s, 60s and 70s are for taking walks and getting exercise by playing tennis or golf, right? You might think that weight lifting is for younger people, or athletes training for a specific sport, right?
What would you say if I told you that mature muscles actually respond as well or better to weight lifting as young muscles? What if I told you that I have seen clients literally age in reverse, becoming quicker, better balanced and stronger?
Read on to learn why weight lifting can be a powerful tool in your anti-aging arsenal, by increasing your lean muscle mass, improving your bone density and increasing your metabolism.
As we age, we naturally lose lean muscle tissue. In fact, after the age of 30, we lose 10 percent of our lean tissue every decade due to the natural aging process. By the age of 70, most of us will have lost 40- to 50 percent of our lean muscle mass! The only way to stave off this dismal future is by working our muscles.
Since most of us don't do heavy manual labor, systematic lifting of weights becomes the most obvious choice. By continuing to demand that our muscles work for us, the body responds with a supply of healthy, new, joint-supporting muscle tissue. Maintaining lean muscle mass is a crucial element to maintaining strength and vitality.
Another unwelcome effect of the aging process is the loss of bone density. The good news is that the bones respond to supply and demand the same way that our muscles do: when we demand that the skeleton bear weight on a regular basis, the body sends a signal to strengthen the bones.
A wonderful side benefit of keeping our muscles toned, in addition to stronger bones, is an increased metabolism. A pound of muscle requires more calories to stay alive each day, than a pound of fat.
By adding muscle to your body, you will increase your daily caloric output no matter what your activities are. This doesn't mean you would gain weight overall. Weight training will convert your useless flab into eye-popping FAB without adding overall weight to your body.
Muscles are more dense than fat and don't take up as much space. You will lean down and lose inches as you sculpt your muscles and become a fat-burning machine. You will reverse yet another of the normal aging processes: slowing of the metabolism.
Lastly, let's talk about sculpting those muscles! Imagine proudly wearing sleeveless shirts again! I have seen it happen. I work with many clients over 50 who have resigned themselves to "covering up."
But when they are diligent in their weight training, diet, and cardio, you would not believe the results that can be achieved in overall tone and shape.
It proves the statement I made in the beginning of this article, mature muscles actually respond as well or better to weight lifting as young muscles. No matter what age you are, a more sculpted body is not out of your reach.
Working with people in their 50's, 60's & 70's has been an unexpected joy for me. I have seen the quality of life improve for my clients over and over again. They take fewer falls, they feel stronger and more confident and yes, they even get beautiful sculpted bodies!
In our society, heavy manual labor is almost a thing of the past, but muscles were made to push weight and do work.
When they don't, they get soft and flabby. Adding regular strength training sessions each week will help you achieve a much higher level of fitness. It will help you maintain your lean muscle mass, strengthen your bones, increase your metabolism & help you sculpt gorgeous muscles.
Please consider adding this powerful anti-aging tool to your fitness regimen.
Kim Hollenback has 15 years experience working with mature adults and is certified in Group Fitness as well as Personal Training. Visit solidrockfitness.com.