Muscular Strength and Flexibility Body has more than 600 muscles Disuse vs. Use Atrophy vs. Hypertrophy Benefits of Resistance Training Fat loss and weight control Improved personal appearance Get stronger and reduce risk of injury Strong, healthy bones Stay healthy
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“Recent research suggests that the single most important step to not just retard, but to reverse the aging process, is strength training.”
“It is a myth that the older adult or elderly lose their ability to respond to a strength training stimulus. … Strength levels have tripled in well controlled and designed strength studies using older adults and other studies have shown strength improvements as high as 200 percent.”
Source: Brooks, Douglas. Effective strength training : analysis and technique for upper body, lower body, and trunk exercises. Mammoth Lakes, Calif. : Moves International, 2001.
deathExercise and Age Continuum
Atherosclerosis and other factors in CV disease develop early in life, therefore,
CV training to reduce the risk of CV disease is important at this stage. During
our middle years we are often pressed for time, working and raising families. In
order to maintain range of motion throughout the body and continue to reduce the
risk of CV disease, circuit training seems most appropriate. Finally, quality of
life in our last decades is often reduced a result of decreased mobility. Resistance
training can help combat this problem maintaining muscle mass and flexibility.