As we age, our lifestyle and our body changes. The rate of muscle loss in the over age 50 population is significantly greater than those under the age of 50. A large percentage of people over the age of 50 have too little muscle and too much fat. This could lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, low back pain and more. The good news is that muscle can be regained and fat can be lost to foster better health.
A proper strength and conditioning program can help those over the age of 50 in many ways such as:
- Rebuild muscle
- Improve metabolism
- Reduce fat
- Reduce resting blood pressure
- Decrease risk of diabetes
- Increase bone density
- Decrease physical discomfort
- Improve blood lipid profiles
- Regain ability to do daily activities
It is important to develop a strength and conditioning program that is right for the individual, their body and their needs. Your physician or physical therapist can be an excellent resource to get started.