We talk about strength training and conditioning in kids and teens quite often. Our S&C program is one of the busiest in the area. But what about the importance of strength training in later years?
No time in life is a bad time to strength train, but there are times when it becomes more crucial. Do you need bulging biceps and ripped abs at 65? No. But do you need to be able to pick up your grandkids? Be able to carry in the groceries? Carry the laundry up a flight of stairs?
To many, maintaining independence in their golden years is important to them. Being able to complete all the daily tasks around the home is necessary, but avoiding major injuries is also paramount. Studies have been done on seniors who strength trained throughout their younger years, as well as in advanced age as well. One thing that was clear was the reduction in bone breaks suffered. The surrounding muscle mass being well taken care of through strength training made the entire limb more sturdy and able to withstand falls without major injury. You’ll hear the phrase around the gym stating that “Weak things break”, and it couldn’t be more true. Starting a strength training program in your 30’s and 40’s and maintaining it over time is ideal, but there is no wrong way to start. Do you have a parent or grandparent who could benefit from weightlifting? Most people do. Send them our way. We will be able to help them maintain what’s most important to them; mobility and independence.