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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Strength Training for Older Adults

As we age we lose much of the muscle mass and strength we had in our 20s. This loss makes everyday things harder to do. Strength training (also called resistance training or weight lifting) slows muscle loss helping to make every day things easier to do. Strength training simply means exercising against gravity. Even as we grow older the more we repeat an exercise against gravity the stronger our muscles become.
Moreover, these exercises help reduce the risk of falls, improve balance and posture and promote healthier bones.

The point is that it does not matter where you do strength training. The key is to start doing some.

Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 provides information about “Get Moving: Active Sitting” DVD you can purchase or borrow from the local public library if you prefer to exercise at home.

For those who prefer to go to a gym, the Kanata Seniors Centre is an option and there are a number of private health clubs who can advise you on strength training routines.