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Weight Lifting for Older Adults

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Government guidelines say “Older adults should also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.”

An excellent article describes the multiple benefits of weightlifting for older adults, backed up by science, in these categories:

  • Combating age-related muscle loss and sarcopenia
  • Burning fat and increased muscle mass
  • Supporting functional independence
  • Improving quality of life
  • Improving osteoarthritis and bone health
  • Greater cardiovascular health
  • Improving mental health
  • Better cognitive functioning
  • Reducing mortality risk
  • Fighting type 2 diabetes
  • Greater sleep quality
  • Improved mitochondrial health
  • Recovering from hip fractures

In my Pilates classes, we get some of these benefits by using resistance bands and body weight, we also use hand weights from time to time and regularly in the wellbeing class.

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