Strength training has health benefits for people of all ages, but older adults especially. Some of these benefits include reducing age-related muscle loss, strengthening bones, preventing falls, and helping aid mobility and function. Here are some things to keep in mind for strength training.
- Get the form down first: Getting this right will reduce the risk of injury later.
- Start with body weight movements: This will get your muscles used to working and moving.
- Once comfortable, move on to small amounts of weight: When starting weighted workouts, start with smaller amounts of weight and work into heavier lifting. This reduces the risk of injury.
Keep in mind, exercise recovery takes longer when we’re older. While some soreness is normal, take the time to recover between sessions. Also, before starting any exercise routine, consult with your doctor.