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Why Strength Training is a Must for Everyone

Strength Becomes More Important with Age

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ANNEBURNELL

7/7/2010 12:26:44 PM

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Thanks for spreading the word.... great stuff.

Whether it's resistance bands, weights, core work (Pilates), it's all good at any age.

For some chair strength programs, try www.strongerseniors.com

Stay strong,
Anne Burnell

LOLAINSC

6/16/2010 8:33:50 AM

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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.

SUNNYARIZONA

5/24/2010 1:03:16 AM

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This is so the truth. After watching Biggest Loser, WEIGHT training is becoming more key for me. At my age when muscle mass has dropped, I need to kick it up!

SMILESRME

5/3/2010 11:13:28 AM

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Strength as we age is so very important. Thanks for a great reminder to keep it up.

DATAACCOUNT

3/29/2010 5:06:14 PM

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There are some health issues that precludes you from having strength training: chronic kidney disease is one. Please keep in mind when you have articles not everyone can do this. Thanks!

CATHEITE

12/25/2009 8:59:14 PM

Wonderful, comprehensive article. I've saved it to my favorites so that I can share it with my family. I want them to experience the same positive benefits from weightlifting that I do. Thank you!

VXWALL1942

11/21/2009 11:02:37 AM

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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.

vicki

GATORLAURIE13

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!

DAVARIA

11/6/2009 10:49:02 AM

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I started strength training this week and I can tell the difference. I feel more energetic and I'm enjoying working out more. It feels great!!!!

LOOKINGTOBEFIT

10/24/2009 6:58:49 PM

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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!

DAVIDHOMERE

9/21/2009 4:40:42 PM

Great article' thank you

BIJOUX7

8/9/2009 8:32:33 PM

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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!

LLCURTS

11/1/2008 12:07:28 PM

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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!

HAZYMOONBEAMS

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.

COOLINJEANS

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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