As he knows, muscle mass naturally diminishes with age, so it’s important to do something to replace the lean muscle that you lose. If you don’t, you’re likely to end up with more fat in your body, according to physical medicine specialists. A great way to work on replacing that lean muscle is through lifting weights – strength training, as it is popularly known.
Strength training is a great way to not only develop new muscle, but to strengthen bones. By stressing your bones through lifting weights you can actually increase bone density, which will reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
As you get new muscle your body will begin to burn calories more efficiently. So the more toned your muscles are, the easier it will be to control your weight. You won’t get so tired as easily, either.
Perhaps best of all, some research indicates that regular strength training can help you gain mental acuity, especially in older adults.
Before you begin any strength training regimen, you are advised to check with your doctor to make sure you are in good enough shape. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Once your doctor signs off on a strength training program, be sure to get the input of a trainer or an experienced lifter before you proceed.
Anshul Khetarpal Redding CA lifts weights at a gym near his home in Redding CA.