Plus, strength training makes the cardio exercises more pleasant. Walking, biking, dancing, etc. are all much more fun when you have a strong, flexible body that moves freely and easily. When I've gotten lazy and fallen off the wagon, I restart with strength and stretches about a week or so before beginning the cardio workouts and then they seem much less grueling.
Reference to the 5-7 lbs of muscle loss per decade after 40 slapped me up side the head as I realized that means that maintained or gained weight is even more harmful than I thought - seems its NOT muscle.
Thanks for a great article. I'm researching ways to get in shape. As a disabled senior I have a lot of challenges in this area. Looking for exercises I can do with my limitations.
11/20/2009 11:41:09 AM
Hiring a personal trainer was the best thing I ever did. We have been working together for nearly a year, and I see a major difference in my day-to-day activities. And the biggest bonus is that my clothes fit like I am 10-15 lbs lighter! I never thought I would be one to say how much I love strength training, but there is nothing more empowering than seeing the behemoth mens' look of surprise when this middle-aged, still overweight woman walks around the gym with a 45 lb plate in each hand!
I have been doing circuit training at the health club and it sure does make me feel better when I'm done. I also agree with it helping with every day choirs!! Carrying groceries is so much easier when I stick to my training!
I started lifting before it was "cool" for women to lift. My own family still rolls their eyes at my cut legs and arms...that's their problem. I love feeling fit and powerful. Hope to be 40 years from now!
I agree and have seen this in my own life of exercise. I noticed that about a year ago - I had trouble backing the car out of the garage - couldn't turn to get a full view with out muscle cramping or pain and stiffness - used the rear view mirror. Now after working out and eating healthy I have that full range of motion turning around to back out. My blood pressure has lowered - cholesterol lowered - shortness of breath gone when walking climbing stairs etc. I am 56 - have lost 15 lbs so far after 2 months - more to go. A few months ago my fit life was 63 - now it is 54. THIS WORKS!
9/21/2008 9:28:10 AM
More information and exercise for us "Boomers" who are 60 and above. We are still alive and vibrant and want to continue to be that way. Thanks for this article.
5/15/2008 10:40:38 PM
I have always exercised, using hand weights, tubing, and my own body weight . I started weights when the Goodlife gym for women opened November 2004. I worked with a trainer and surprised her and myself with my strength. I had no idea what was considered heavy for a woman until a master trainer told me what I was lifting was really heavy. I have since discovered that the weights I use during the body pump class are tooooo heavy. There is a maximum amount for this group class. I can lift the heavy weights but it could eventually effect the joints as it is different than using the machines and the reps in weight training. Thankfully I was able to get an answer to my question and I have decreased the amount. I will say one thing, working with weights and exercises eliminates aches and pains. Just remember to drink water...
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