Weight Training at Any Age
Weight training has shown to be beneficial across every age group, including seniors and even those with chronic illness. Some of the most noteworthy benefits include decreased fear of falling and diminished age-related declines in muscle mass, strength, and muscular power.
Resistance training can enhance muscle mass and function even in 90 year old subjects (McComas 2005). Individuals over the age of 90 have been shown to make significant strength gains on a weight training program (Fiataron et al. 1990). Furthermore, long term involvement in weight training appears to increase absolute strength capabilities and slow down strength loss.
Muscular power improved significantly in the elderly (average age of 77 years) when performing high velocity resistance training. The largest power improvements were seen on leg press exercise, performed with 60-70% of body weight. The power improvements were associated with significant improvements in walking ability.
Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy is committed to helping seniors of all ages gain strength. Visit us at www.lakewayaquatics.com
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900 Ranch Road 620 S. #A103
Lakeway Tx 78732
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