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Age is Just a Number: Latest Research about the Benefits of Senior Strength Training

We have shared a lot of article about strength training for seniors and if you missed it you can read it here:

Strength Training for Seniors: Separating Fact from Fiction on Building Muscle After 60s.

Strength training has numerous benefits, especially for older adults. So, we decided to share with you several studies have that highlighted the vital link between strength training and a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Reduced risk of chronic diseases – like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. In one study, men who engaged in strength training had a 34% reduced risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors that can lead to heart disease and other chronic conditions. 

  1. Improved physical function – In one study, older adults who participated in a strength training program improved their walking speed by 12% and had a 28% reduction in disability compared to those who did not participate in the program. 

  1. Improved mental health – Strength training has been shown to have numerous benefits for mental health, including reducing stress and anxiety. In one study, older adults who participated in a strength training program had a 23% reduction in depressive symptoms compared to those who did not. 

  1. Increased longevity – and improved quality of life in older adults. In one study, older adults who engaged in strength training had a 46% reduced risk of mortality compared to those who did not participate in strength training.

  2. Boosts Metabolism: Building muscle through strength training can help increase your metabolism, which is the rate at which your body burns calories. According to research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, strength training can increase resting metabolic rate by up to 7%, which can help with weight management.

So, if you’re looking to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle in your senior years, consider incorporating strength training into your daily routine! We offer free Discovery Visit Consultations where you can meet with one of our Senior Strength Specialist Physical Therapist and learn more about how we might be able to help free of charge! Please call (512) 730-0231! 

6. Reduce risk of injuries: By increasing your leg muscle strength, you can improve your performance and reduce your risk of injury. So, if you’re looking to build endurance in your leg muscles, incorporating strength training exercises into your routine can be a great way to achieve this goal.

As an added bonus, we’re sharing the video below of our physical therapist on how to enhance your leg strength.

 

Leg Strengthening Exercise for Hiking around Austin:

If you need help getting started and don’t feel comfortable on your own, one of our physical therapists would be happy to come to see you and help you get started safely. 

Please Call 512-730-0231 If you have any questions about your specific balance and strengthening problem. Or click here if you would like to schedule a FREE Discovery Session 

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Dr. Ryan Seifert

Natural Fit Physical Therapy

"We Help Adults 50+ Become More Active, Stay Healthy, And Avoid Slowing Down Without Pain Pills, Injections, Or Surgery."

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