Effects of Strength Training on Aging

Source: www.worldhealth.net

Research from the field of exercise science has shown that we tend to lose roughly half a pound or more of muscle each year starting around the third to fourth decade of life depending on activity level. This may not sound like much to you but after a decade your down five pounds or more of metabolically active muscle tissue. In order to prevent this from happening you need to perform progressive strength training on a regular basis 2-3 times each week for the rest of your life!

Research from the University of Michigan Medical School has shown that through regular strength training, over a five month period, subjects were able to add 2.5 lbs. of lean muscle mass. The meta-analysis looked at 39 different strength training studies than included more than 1,300 individuals who were age 50 or older.

Let me ask you a question. If you knew you were losing muscle mass as you age and that this negtively effected your balance and overall functionality and that a magic pill – strength training – would prevent this from happening…would you give it a try?

Source: NPR Health, Seniors Can Still Bulk Up On Muscle By Pressing Iron, by Patti Neighmond.

Suggested Reading

Yes, Resistance Training Can Reverse the Aging Process, Len Kravitz, PhD

Aging Skeletal Muscle: Physiologic Changes and the Effects of Training

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Michael is CEO of Michael Wood Fitness, Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub and Founder of the Sports Performance Group. Named Best of Boston by Boston Magazine and Top 100 Trainer in the U.S by Men's Journal. Michael is a former Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Connecticut and member of Power Bar Team Elite.

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