Strength training sounds like something that only big, burly guys can do. But strength training can have excellent benefits for aging adults. The key is that they need to engage in these exercises safely. Having senior home care providers there for additional support can help seniors to be as safe as possible while also adding strength training to their exercise plans.
Improved Muscle Mass and Strength
Muscle tone decreases with age, but when seniors strategically add in strength training, they can combat that natural loss. Regular strength exercises help seniors to maintain muscle tone, which allows seniors to improve daily function, too. All of this is important for seniors who want to remain as independent as possible.
Better Balance and Coordination
When seniors focus more on strength training, they also help to improve things like balance, stability, and coordination. This is essential for preventing falls and for remaining as mobile as possible. In the beginning, seniors might need additional assistance and support from home care providers. But as they continue to build their strength, they may regain mobility.
Enhanced Bone Health
Seniors who are experiencing weakening bones or even osteoporosis are often told to start engaging in weight-bearing exercises. Strength training is a weight-bearing exercise, making it a perfect choice for someone who wants to improve bone strength. Stronger bones also mean a reduced risk of injury from a fall.
Better Joint Health
Muscles and joints work together and for seniors who have trouble with joint pain, including from arthritis, stronger muscles help to support those joints. Resistance exercises help to improve joint stiffness, which can greatly improve overall mobility. If seniors don’t have arthritis yet, strength training can help to reduce the risk of joint issues occurring.
As seniors age, their metabolism slows down, making it harder to maintain an ideal weight. This happens because of a variety of reasons, including muscle loss. Muscle burns more calories than fat does, so when seniors boost their muscle tone, they can boost their metabolism. This is especially helpful when weight management is an important metric.
Improved Chronic Health Condition Management
When seniors are battling chronic health issues, exercise is often their doctors’ first recommendation. Strength training is a great way to get exercise, and it can be really effective for seniors who are trying to manage health issues. Problems like high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure levels, high cholesterol, and more respond well to regular exercise. Seniors may find that they feel healthier and happier the more that they exercise.
Engaging in safe strength training is the key for seniors. They should always talk to their doctors before starting a new exercise plan and they should start out slowly. Having help to keep proper form is also a good idea. Senior home care professionals can help seniors to remember to do their exercises and they can help with other things, like transportation to the gym, eating a healthy diet, and staying hydrated while they work out. All of these little factors can help them to be a lot more successful with their new strength training routines.
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