Strength training is important for all people of adult age to do, however, it becomes even more important as we get to middle age and beyond.
As we get older, we naturally experience a decline in muscle mass. Strength training helps to slow down this process by stimulating the muscle and promoting muscle growth. By maintaining or increasing muscle mass, we can preserve strength, mobility, and functional independence.
Additionally, osteoporosis can become a big problem in older adults. This is because ageing is associated with a decrease in bone mineral density, making bones more fragile and susceptible to fractures. Strength training, especially weight-bearing exercises, helps to stimulate bone remodelling and increase bone density. This reduces the risk of osteoporosis and fractures, promoting overall bone health.
Strength training can also improve your metabolism and speed it up. As we age, our metabolism tends to slow down, which can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of chronic conditions. Strength training also helps us improve our balance and stability which is so important, as the older we are, the more dangerous falls become.
With that in mind, here are some great exercises that you can do from home, and all you will need is an active band, which you can pick up from any good chemist.
Do 3 sets of 10-12 reps.