GET ACTIVE: Expert says weightlifting is a crucial aspect of improving the quality of life of older adults and elderly.
GET ACTIVE: Expert says weightlifting is a crucial aspect of improving the quality of life of older adults and elderly.

7 benefits of weightlifting for life

GROWING old can be a difficult and scary process. Improving the experience of ageing, the health of the older populations, and the quality of life is a valuable endeavour.

When these objectives are achieved, it can empower older adults and elderly to live a fuller, more engaged, and active life.

Pain free living

  • 1. Thankfully, training helps improve the overall quality of life. One way is by reducing the level of general aches and pains as well as disorder-specific pain.
  • 2. That is exactly the point. Reducing pain levels allows for greater ease of movement, fewer restrictions when moving, and in general, feeling better with less negative stimuli coming from your body.

Mental and emotional

  • 3. On top of being able to move around with less pain, improving strength and muscle through weight lifting improves health-related factors. Which can improve physical capabilities as well as the emotional and mental state.
  • 4. Now with these improved physical functional capabilities you are able to lead a more engaged and active lifestyle.
  • 5. Being more active, engaged, and having more social interaction is the golden ticket that improves mental and emotional health on various levels.
  • 6. Weight training also innately improves mental, emotional, and cognitive health through biological mechanisms that enhance the quality of life.

Urinary incontinence

  • 7. Other areas of quality are less obvious, for example, urinary incontinence. Twenty-five million adults in America suffer with urinary incontinence and 75-80 per cent of those are women.

Twenty-three per cent of women over the age of 60 struggle with incontinence. Frail older women who struggle with this issue who underwent weight training saw a 50 per cent reduction in daily leaks.

Verdict

More engaged and active lifestyle. Less pain. Improved cognitive, mental, and emotional health.

Weightlifting is a crucial aspect of improving the quality of life of older adults and elderly.

For more, visit: RunRepeat.com/weightlifting-benefits-seniors

Nick Rizzo is the Director of Training & Fitness at RunRepeat.com.


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