Strength training is important for all ages. Why? Because it helps your body be all that it is meant to be.
If you’re young, strength training will help you achieve your full potential, the potential that is built into your DNA, but which requires exercise to come out in the form of optimal health and fitness. Strength training will make your muscles stronger, and this, in turn, will make everyday tasks and physical activity, for the rest of your life, easier. It’ll help give you the form you want, and enable you to burn the calories you need to burn to have your ideal body. It’ll help you to be lithe, active, and self-confident, and take whatever life throws at you in stride.
If you’re getting up in years and haven’t done much exercise in the past you might have lost the chance of getting to your body’s full potential in terms of strength, but that doesn’t mean you’re too old for strength training.
Strength training will still make your muscles stronger and transform those little jobs that used to try your endurance into activities that require little exertion. It’ll also keep your back healthy and help the pain in your lower back decrease, while also decreasing arthritic pain. It gives you extra stability and balance, which puts you at less risk for falls- and when you do fall, the results won’t be as severe. Strength training also lowers the risk of osteoporosis, and keeps your bones strong. It’ll improve your circulation, strengthen your heart, and help your blood pressure to go down. Besides that, a regular strength training regime can help keep your diabetes under control.
Strength training gives you a chance for a healthy, non-dependent old age. No one looks forward to an assisted living scenario where you have to be dependent on others to help you with performing daily tasks. Strength training now— however old you are—can be the roots of a strong, vigorous seniority. Exercise, and strength training in particular, give our body a strong signal that life is not over; delaying the effects of physical deterioration as you age. Your body can live up to the expectations you make of it. If the requirements you make of your body are a walk down to the mailbox every morning and a little walking around the house when you want to get something, you are encouraging your own decline.
So strength training is important no matter what your age may be. The level with which you start may depend on your current physical condition, and if you have any special health issues, you’ll want to discuss your strength training regime in detail with your doctor before you start. But then start, and be consistent. You can do body weight exercises at home, or buy some resistance tubing. Free weights are another option. If you’d rather use weight machines, invest in a membership at the local YMCA or a similar gym. Your body depends on you.