At a time when it is trendy to stay young for longer, our elders are making every effort to slow down the effects of time on their bodies. Sport, and particularly weight training, is a good way to achieve this.
The need to maintain one's aging body
Did you know that from the age of 50, muscle mass and strength drop by 40 to 50%? And this phenomenon accelerates the older you get! With age, breathlessness is on the rise, a growing number are prone to gaining weight and one's sense of balance diminishes. This has a significant effect on mobility and the ability of seniors to live independently, and leads to more falls. Remaining inactive can therefore be dangerous from a certain age. In order to remedy this situation, sports, when they are practised gently, can be a very good solution.
Such sports activity can achieve the following results:
- reduce the risk of obesity
- reduce stress
- reduce the risk of blood clots forming in the arteries
- contribute to reducing cholesterol levels
- increase bone mass
- increase immunity
- maintain muscles
Weight training and its benefits
Weight training is a sport that is suited to the needs of seniors, namely the need to stay strong, maintain muscle mass and the sense of balance. Contrary to what many people think, age does not limit the ability of people to get stronger by practising this sport. It can be practised at any age as many muscles are exercised without creating any cardio-vascular stress. When done progressively and gently, it is good for the body as well as the mental health of our elders.
What's more, with weight training, you can go at your own pace, doing exercises that are suited to you, in positions that are stable. You need to follow the instructions of a coach to exercise properly and avoid injury. This sport can achieve the following results:
- reduce the risk of falling linked to the aging process
- increase muscle mass
- help combat osteoporosis by strengthening the bones and joints
- increase walking speed
- improve coordination, balance and the quality of life
- improve self-esteem
- stay in good physical shape and retain some mobility
Lastly, it has been demonstrated that exercising with weights and barbells helps to minimise the decline in intellectual faculties. Regular weight training, combined with a balanced diet, improves the cognitive functions for putting a route plan together, remembering a phone number, recognising a face, doing mental arithmetic, driving or even reading! In short, sports practice gives seniors a means of preserving their independence for longer, of feeling young in their bodies and minds.