Strength Training Over 50 – Avoiding Injury

In my opinion, every person over 50 should be strength training. The benefits far outweigh the risk. With that in mind, it is vitally important that folks over 50 avoid workout injuries at all cost. I know because I’m over 50 and injuries don’t heal like they did when I was younger. I have also pushed it a little too far at times in my training leading to some avoidable injuries that were not only painful but at times prevented me from being able to workout at all. Just start slow, be consistent and learn to “listen” to your body. By strength training you will get to know your body very well over time.

Strength training isn’t power lifting or bodybuilding. It isn’t trying to lift the most weight you can. It truly is a terrific way to improve your strength, stamina levels, and muscle tone. It’s used to strengthen the muscles, tendons, bones and ligaments which is a huge benefit to folks over 50. Strength training is going to boost your metabolism, develop your muscles and give you much more strength.

Strength training not only helps increase all round cardiovascular strength and stamina levels, it also helps prevent injuries and promotes recovery. It has been proven to reduce serious injuries down to a third. This type of training will help you stop muscle loss, and restore muscle. Strength training has lots of added benefits which include protection against accidental injuries, weight problems, cardiovascular disease and all forms of diabetes. Strength training will help folks over 50 develop healthy muscles , joints, and bones and a better quality of life than they would be able to enjoy without it.

Strength training is the only reliable method of maintaining muscle tone and it is equally important for males and females. It is a key component of overall health and fitness, and it provides an important balance to aerobic workouts and other forms of exercise. Strength training helps people over 50 maintain and increase muscle mass. It will result in fat reduction while increasing your metabolic rate. This is important because many people in this age group try to starve themselves into weight loss which simply isn’t healthy as this leads to ever more muscle loss.

If you are new to this I know what you’re thinking… “I’m too old for all this, I’ll wind up hurting myself” or “I’m a woman and I don’t want to get bulky”. I’ll address these things in future post but frankly these are more like excuses than good reasons not to strength train.

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