Lifting weights or resistance training can be extremely beneficial for people over 60 years of age. Here are some of the key benefits:
- Improved strength: As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass and strength. Resistance training can help to counteract this by building and maintaining muscle. This can improve overall strength, making everyday tasks easier and reducing the risk of falls and injuries.
- Increased bone density: Resistance training has been shown to improve bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
- Improved flexibility and mobility: Resistance training can help to improve joint flexibility and range of motion, making everyday activities easier and reducing the risk of injury.
- Better balance: As we age, our balance can deteriorate, increasing the risk of falls. Resistance training can help to improve balance and stability, reducing the risk of falls and injuries.
- Better heart health: Resistance training can help to improve cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of heart disease.
- Improved mental health: Exercise, including resistance training, has been shown to improve mood and reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
It’s important to note that older adults should consult with their doctor before starting a weight lifting or resistance training program, particularly if they have any health conditions. They should also work with a qualified personal trainer or exercise professional to ensure that they are performing exercises correctly and safely. With the right guidance and a well-designed program, resistance training can be an effective way for older adults in the UK to stay healthy, active, and independent.
Live-in carers can help you adhere to an exercise and activity regime and can offer valuable advice and access to healthy living resources.
If you want to discuss what we can do for you or your loved one then call our main office number any time between the hours of 7am and 6pm or request a call back.