There are a number of reasons why exercise will become increasingly important as you step into your 60's and beyond. Sadly, many people don't have the motivation to go out and stay active at that age and feel they are too old to start new things and settle with niggling joints, weight gain and feeling old. It doesn't have to be like that and Team Howell is committed to help folks of all age beyond their 50's to find joy in exercise again and help them stay active and functionally independent for longer.
Many people seem to think that because they get older, they can no longer do certain activities and exercises such as weightlifting. However, you might be surprised to learn that weightlifting and other weight bearing exercises have a number of strength benefits when it comes to the functional independence and longevity of an aging person.
Balance And Movement Control
When you move around, you need to be able to have solid balance to prevent falls and being able to perform even dail tasks like climbing stairs, stepping off a bus or pick up something from the floor.
Balance is one of the crucial elements of physical fitness. Without it you won't be able to stay upright or perform certain daily tasks. Certain strength exercises were specifically designed to help you improve your balance, but weight lifting in general will make you stronger and can improve neuromuscular decline that is one of the problems caused by aging. Ever looked at athletes who kept up with their traning routine even after retiring and wondered how come they look much younger their age and still move like they were 30 years younger? That's why.
The functional benefits that come with weightlifting have been shown through increased balance, as well as greater functional capability. If someone is lifting weights in their old age, they are going to see vast improvements in their balance and their movement control.
As science stands now, we have no tools to stop getting older but we can certainly slow it down and create a quality of life that can see you enjoy activities with your family you thought you couldn't anymore.
MoBILITY And Flexibility
When it comes to mbility and flexibility, many people stop at stretching. It's scientifically proven that stretching or any massage has only got temporary effect on the body. If you look at how olympic weightlifters warm up before a competition, you will understand what the best way is to increase mobility and flexibility: repetition.
This is why improving them takes time; the later you start performing exercises like squats, lunges or overhead movements, the later you will see results. Weightlifting is a great way to work on your flexibility and become more mobile while also becoming stronger and helping your body to retain muscle mass.
Regularly performing strength exercises will help your joints retain their flexibility that is also required if you'd like to stay functionally independent into old age. If you think about doing your shopping, lifting up something from the floor, being able to keep up with gardening or you maybe have a dog you want to be able to take care of or simply keep up with your grandchildren.
You might be wondering how all of this exercise is going to benefit you when it comes to your functional capabilities. Well, your strength is going to increase, making it easier for you to perform all your day to day movements. You will notice a general rise in your capabilities, even meaning that some of the tasks you usually do might take you less time to complete, this can include things such as climbing the stairs.
Not to mention that one of the most important aspects of keeping strong, active, retaining muscle mass and conseriving balance and mobility into mature age is to prevent falls or should they happen to recover from them quicker.
Aerobic activities are needed to keep your heart fit, but lifting weights is going to be essential to slow down aging and staying independent in your daily activities. You might find that as you get older, once your functional capabilities start to fade, your ability to do certain tasks can be impaired by the fear of falling over.
Whether you have fallen over recently or not, you might be put off doing simple tasks because you feel as though you might. Weight lifting can help you here because it will reduce, or simply eradicate your fear of falling. This comes as you get stronger, and you have more confidence in your capabilities.
If you have any questions on these points above or you'd like to have a commitment-free conversation with one of our coaches to see how our team can help you, feel free to get in touch.