Am I too old to lift weights?

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No one is too old to lift weights, says Gabe Clements, C-ATC at Centerpoint Medical Center. There is no specific age that’s too old for weight training as long as the person has cleared the program with his or her healthcare provider first. For older people, weight lifting can help improve bone density and muscle mass, just to name a few benefits.

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NO! You are only as old as you feel and if you feel you can still lift weights then go ahead, lift!

Prior to exercise you should consult with your physician to make sure you are in good physical condition to lift weights. Following, you should get proper guidance for the exercises you should and should not be completing. After you have completed these requests then go for it and have fun! Find a facility that may offer group exercise classes. This would be a great way to keep you active and have some fun as well!

If you think you’re too old to lift weights, the latest findings conclude that this is not true. In a revealing study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, researchers studied 60 healthy men and women between the ages of 60 and 83 who engaged in either high intensity resistance training using machines or low-intensity resistance training. In addition, a control group participated that did not change their lifestyle habits. After six months, the high intensity-training group made significant improvement in bone density measurements -- where the thighbone meets the hip. This is the area (the femoral neck) where serious or even deadly fractures occur in older adults. In this study, researchers believed that leg presses, overhead presses, and certain back strengthening exercises had the most impact on boosting bone density.

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