Strength training for seniors is very important. It improves balance and flexibility, muscle strength and it also helps to preserve bone density. Strength training helps seniors to maintain their independence for as long as possible, no matter their level of fitness, gender or age.
Osteoporosis can affect the quality of life of a senior and it is one of the leading causes of frailty especially after a senior has had a fall. Strength training is one of the best ways to increase the muscle strength and the muscle mass of seniors. Strength training also increases the density of the bone.
When seniors start to weight train and do resistance training it helps to prevent any further depletion in their muscle mass. Strength training builds back the muscle mass that a senior has lost over the years. This will make the senior appear more toned and give them a younger appearance.
Falling is a major source of broken bones among seniors. This is why it is important for seniors to do whatever they can to improve their balance. Strength training will help to build a seniors abdominal core as well as their back muscles. This will give them a lot of spine support and enable a senior to keep their posture in a more upright position. This makes it less likely that they will lose their balance and fall down. Seniors should supplement strength training with other exercise such as walking and by using elliptical machines.
In order to increase flexibility, strength training should focus on exercises that work the full range of the joints.