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Should I lift weights if I'm an older adult?

F. Michael Gloth, III
Geriatric Medicine
Weightlifting has been shown to be useful even in 90-year-olds, and it improves strength and reduces bone loss. Both men and women can lift weights, and it is particularly advisable for women, who might be more susceptible to developing osteoporosis as the result of bone loss. Combining weight-bearing cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, with light weights can help improve strength, stamina, and bone health, by helping to prevent or even reverse osteoporosis when combined with proper medical oversight and, in some cases, medication.
Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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