The Power of Strength Training

This is an introduction to the first chapter of a book by professors at Tufts University.

I share its important message with you!

“For many older adults, growing older seems to involve an inevitable loss of strength, energy, and vigor. But it need not be so. The frailty and decreased energy we associate with aging, such as difficulty walking for distances, climbing stairs, or carrying groceries, are largely due to muscle loss. This muscle loss results mainly from inactivity. The old saying is true when it comes to muscle: “Use it or lose it.”

“One of the best ways to keep muscles healthy and strong is through exercises called strength training—some- times known as weight lifting or resistance training. Studies at Tufts University have shown that strength training is one of the best ways to fight the weakness and frailty that can come with age. Done regularly, strength training builds bone and muscle and helps to preserve strength, independence, and energy. These exercises are safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health. In fact, people with health concerns—such as arthritis or heart disease—often benefit the most…”

Rebecca A. Seguin, B.S., CSCS1; Jacqueline N. Epping, M.Ed.2; David Buchner, M.D., M.P.H.2; Rina Bloch, M.D.1; Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.1

Stop imagining that training with weights equates an Arnold’esque physique. Do it for health and longevity, for the strength to get up off of the floor well past your 70’s! -Samantha

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