Here are seven more countless reasons why “older” people should be lifting weights.

  1. It is good for cardiovascular health. Resistance training lowers blood pressure, bad cholesterol and inflammation.
  2. Resistance training relives anxiety and tension.
  3. It helps improve our self-esteem and keeps us from thinking we are weak.
  4. It can improve memory and mild cognitive impairment.
  5. Strength training is effective at treating the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes. It reduces fasting glucose and improves overall glycemic control.
  6. Weightlifting helps us recover from hip fractures.
  7. It boosts our metabolism, in addition to burning fat and building muscle. So we are also using more calories when we are resting and sleeping.

All older adults should participate in weight training a minimum of 2-3 days a week.

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