|Posted on August 1, 2015 at 9:15 PM|
Why Do Resistance Training?
It builds muscle strength and tone. Humans lose 5 pounds of muscle every decade after age 30.
The number of muscle fibers declines with age. From age 30 to age 70 we can lose more than 25% of the type 2 muscle fibers in our bodies (type 2 fibers are our strength fibers). Resistance exercise can slow down or even reverse the aging process by building muscle mass and strength.
It's been shown to build bone. Osteoporosis, a condition of accelerated bone mineral loss which leads to fractures, can be a crippling disease, particularly in women (although men get it, too), and research on resistance exercise suggests that it can build bone even in the elderly.
There is some evidence that resistance exercise helps lower moderately high blood pressure.
More strength can lead to fewer falls in the elderly.
Resistance exercise can raise metabolic rate, an important factor in maintaining body weight.
It's never too late to start!