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Is Weight Training a Good Idea for Senior Adults?

Weight Training can Bring Relief From Such Cronic Health Problems as: Arthritis, Diabetes, and even Heart Disease!

Research has shown that strengthening exercises are both safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health. In fact, people with health concerns´┐Żincluding heart disease or arthritis´┐Żoften benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting weights a few times each week.

Weight training, particularly in conjunction with regular aerobic exercise, can also have a profound impact on a person's mental and emotional health.

There are numerous benefits to weight training regularly, particularly as you grow older. It can be very powerful in reducing the signs and symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions, among them:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Back Pain
  • Depression

Arthritis Relief

Tufts University recently completed a weight-training program with senior men and women with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis. The results of this sixteen-week program showed that weight training decreased pain by 43%, increased muscle weight and general physical performance, improved the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease, and decreased disability. The effectiveness of weight training to ease the pain of osteoarthritis was just as potent, if not more potent, as medications. Similar effects of weight training have been seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Next: Weight Training Successfully Addresses Issues That Seniors Face: The Loss of Bone Density and Balance

Adapted from: Growing Stronger - Strength Training for Older Adults: Why Strength Training?
(http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/growing_stronger/why.htm)

 

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