Top 10 Benefits of Weight Training for Older Adults

A senior woman doing weight training at her home

If you are over 65 years old, the exercise that will have the biggest impact on your life is weight training. Walking alone is not enough to maintain your strength, mobility, balance, and lean muscle. Here are the top 10 benefits of weight training for older adults:
According to the US National Institute of Aging strength training help older adults with:

  1. Maintaining Muscle Mass: strength training helps in maintaining muscle mass, which typically declines with age. Maintaining muscle mass supports better physical function, allowing older adults to perform daily tasks with greater ease and independence while at the same tine strong muscles contribute to better balance, coordination, and stability, reducing the risk of falls and related injuries such as fractures.
  2. Improving Mobility: Strength training boosts mobility in older adults by enhancing muscle strength, stability, balance, and coordination. Strengthened muscles provide better joint support, reducing falls and injuries. Targeted exercises improve leg, hip, and core function and flexibility, enabling easier movement. This fosters independence and confidence in daily activities.
  3. Increasing Healthy Years of Life: Strength training offers older adults numerous benefits, including increasing healthy years of life. By preserving muscle mass, strength training helps maintain metabolic health, bone density, and overall physical function. This reduces the risk of chronic diseases, enhances quality of life, and promotes independence, allowing older adults to enjoy an active and fulfilling lifestyle for years to come.

Strength Training expert Krunoslav adds

  1. Reducing Fat and Increasing Metabolic Rate: Strength training empowers older adults to shed excess fat by building muscle, which revs up metabolism, leading to enhanced calorie burning even during periods of rest. Complementing with a balanced diet it preserves or elevates lean body mass while reducing fat, for optimal heart health.
  2. Relieving Arthritic Pain: Strength training offers relief from arthritic pain in older adults by strengthening muscles around the affected joints, reducing strain on them. It also enhances joint stability and flexibility, alleviating stiffness and discomfort associated with arthritis. Regular strength training improves overall joint function and reduces inflammation, leading to decreased arthritic pain and improved mobility for older adults.

Harvard Health tell us that Strength Training also helps by

  1. Lowering Resting Blood Pressure: Regular strength training sessions can lead to lower resting blood pressure levels by improving blood vessel function, increasing heart efficiency, and reducing arterial stiffness. Incorporating strength training into your routine can contribute to better cardiovascular health and overall well-being.
  2. Improving Blood Lipid Levels: By increasing muscle mass and reducing body fat, strength training helps regulate cholesterol levels, lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. These improvements contribute to better cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of heart disease, enhancing overall well-being.
  3. Boosting Self-Confidence: As individuals progress in their strength training journey, they experience improvements in muscle strength, endurance, and overall fitness. These accomplishments not only enhance physical performance but also boost self-confidence, promoting a positive self-image and a greater sense of self-assurance in daily life.

Erin Billowits, a personal trainer with more than 15 years experience working with older adults, and founder of Vintage Fitness, adds that strength training is important in

  1. Reduced Aches, Pains, and Risk of Injury: By strengthening muscles, tendons, and ligaments, it enhances joint stability and resilience, reducing the likelihood of strains, sprains, and other injuries. Additionally, improved muscle strength and flexibility alleviate common aches and pains associated with aging, promoting overall well-being and mobility.
  2. Preventing Falls in older adults by improving muscle strength, balance, and coordination. As muscles become stronger and more resilient, they provide better support to the joints and enhance stability during movement. This reduces the risk of falls and related injuries, allowing older adults to maintain their independence and confidence in daily activities

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Vintage Fitness

Vintage Fitness is an in-home personal training company in Toronto, Canada. We specialize in energizing the lives of people over 50 with exercise.