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Strength Training for Older Adults

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 1:55 PM


 

Strength training becomes even more important as we get older. As we age, our metabolisms tend to slow down, acompanied by a loss of muscle mass and bone density. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, bone loss usually speeds up for both men and women during midlife. For most women, bone loss increases after menopause when estrogen levels drop sharply. In the five to seven years after menopause, women lose up to 20 percent or more of their bone density.

Studies have shown that resistance training can prevent bone loss and may even help build new bone. In one study, postmenopausal women who participated in a strength-training program for a year saw significant increases in spine and hip bone density, two areas affected most by osteoporosis in older women. Strength and balance/stability training programs targeting the hips and core, can help prevent falls, a leading cause of injury and death in the older population.


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9 Comments

Reply jeff noel
1:06 PM on July 29, 2016 
Nice post. Short and sweet. Important msg. Thanks
Reply Linda Walton
8:01 AM on July 31, 2016 
Nicely done, Charles Donahue!! Inspiring and encouraging. All make perfect sense. Thanks for leading by example.
Reply ★ Owner
3:09 PM on July 31, 2016 
jeff noel says...
Nice post. Short and sweet. Important msg. Thanks
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Reply ★ Owner
3:25 PM on July 31, 2016 
Linda Walton says...
Nicely done, Charles Donahue!! Inspiring and encouraging. All make perfect sense. Thanks for leading by example.
Thanks El Dub, I'm subscribing to the philosophy that helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.
Reply Sophia
5:36 AM on August 1, 2016 
A wonderful post Charles! Peri and post-menopausal issues are life changing. Thank you for sharing this wealth of information!
Reply ★ Owner
7:36 PM on August 2, 2016 
Sophia says...
Thanks Sophia, I'm more than happy to share.
A wonderful post Charles! Peri and post-menopausal issues are life changing. Thank you for sharing this wealth of information!
Reply ★ Owner
7:39 PM on August 2, 2016 
[★ Owner] Thanks Sophia, I'm more than happy to share.
Reply Donna Martin
8:53 PM on August 9, 2016 
Charles, I enjoyed reading all of your posts! I couldn't agree more in regards to training to go far and in a variety of activities. As you well know, strength training is my favorite of them all and has helped shaped me in more ways than just the physical. I would also like to mention that I greatly appreciate your professionalism and your willingness to help and offer a critiquing eye in the gym. None of us succeed at this alone!
Reply ★ Owner
8:51 AM on August 14, 2016 
[Donna Martin] Thanks Donna, your workout consistency is admirable. Clearly you practice what you preach. Your website http://balancingforlife.com is a great source of motivation and offers a wealth of nutritional information and recipes. Continued success.