Lifting weights helps you age better. Here’s how
Ageing is inevitable. It’s a process we all have to go through and as much as we hate it, it’s a part of life.
But ageing does not necessarily mean ‘aches’, ‘pains’ & ‘hospital visits’ and everything else that we associate it with. If anything, all these niggles and issues that we face as we age can be very easily prevented or dealt with if we just stay active and fit.
And the best way to do that, in my opinion, is by lifting weights.
Strength training needs to be a key part of everyone’s overall training programme. As you age, you lose lean muscle and protein more frequently. Not only does strength training prevent that from happening, it also actually enhances your muscles – which means that you reduce body fat and stay fit and healthy all by just lifting and moving some weights around.
Now here’s the best bit – the benefits actually go above and beyond that, especially as you age.
For starters, weight training helps you develop stronger bones. By adding stress to your bones, your bone density improves and you reduce the risk of multiple bone-related diseases, including arthritis
Secondly, there are multiple cardiovascular benefits too. It strengthens your lungs, improves your stamina, and reduces the signs and symptoms of many conditions like common back aches, obesity, heart diseases, diabetes and more.
All of this means that you don’t feel the same aches and pains that your peers do, because your body is used to the work and used to you taking care of your body. You can go on hikes, play with your kids for hours, swim, play sports, do it all – cause your bones and muscles are ready for it.
And lastly, but also most importantly, lifting weights guarantees that you look as good as you feel. It boosts your confidence, keeps you happy and motivated and plays a key role in keeping depression and other mental health issues at bay too.
All in all, lifting weights is a sure-shot way of enhancing your quality of life. You prevent injury, boost your fitness and essentially make sure your health and happiness is maintained for a very, very long time – all by just putting an hour or so of work 4-5 times a week in the gym or at the park.
Whether it’s free weights, machines or even body weight training, you can choose anything that works for you. But if you’re struggling to get started or you’re not sure where to begin, consult an expert for guidance. Get yourself a coach that understands your body’s current capabilities, and takes you on a journey while taking your time constraints, budgets, lifestyle and preferences into consideration! One such program is my MSF Transformation Plan, where I will create personalised diet and workout plans that are custom made uniquely FOR YOU to ensure you stay healthy and happy for as long as possible.
Remember, fitness is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Stay on track, and happiness will follow!