Strength Training Helps Elders Live Longer

Posted: Apr 23 2016, 5:36am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Strength Training Helps Elders Live Longer
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  • Weight Training causes Longevity in Elderly Individuals

It has been found that a regular weight training regimen causes longevity in elderly individuals.

Older people who trained with weights twice a week were more likely to live longer than those who chose a sedentary lifestyle. They did not kick the bucket as fast as their more relaxed and lazy counterparts.

This study is the first one of its kind and it proves that resistance training has immense benefits. There have been previous reports giving proof of the fact that elderly people who remain active and fit tend to have few diseases and live a long and happy life.

A regular exercise schedule is salubrious on its own. It can reduce the chances of premature death, CV disease, diabetes and various cancers.

Although information on cardio and aerobics was already there, no research had been done on strength training. Yet now we know better. Strength training is the best method of having strong bones and fixing your hormones.

Not only will the senescent increase their physical power but they will also up their muscle mass and physiological functioning. Such debilitating ailments as diabetes, osteoporosis, lumbago and obesity can be conquered by a couple of weight training sessions per week.

Also having some lean muscle mass leads to a lowering of the mortality rate. Since strength training arrived at a late stage on the scene, hence information about it also took some time to come to the fore.

Only in 2007 did the American Heart Association propose that people strength train at least twice a week for optimal health. As they say though, better late than never.

Although lifting weights is an age old passion for many athletes and bodybuilders not to mention strong men, its reputation has only been built in recent times.

The survey included 30,000 adults whose age range was 65 years and older. Those who strength trained were still alive during the follow-up several years later while the other couch potatoes had long since given up the ghost.

Not only was this strength training group’s BMI close to the ideal but the members of this coterie also abstained from cigarettes and liquor.

Ways have to be found to motivate senior citizens to exercise regularly and especially take up weight training. By incorporating this “toughest of trainings” into their existence they can reap huge benefits in terms of longevity and the good life.

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