As everyone knows aging is simply a part of life. While, it may not be the most enjoyable experience of someone’s lifetime, it can be done gracefully. Perhaps, the most common struggle in relation to aging is with inactivity. Staying active, as one gets older is imperative to a healthy lasting lifestyle.
It is true that as someone gets older muscle on the body starts to waste (atrophy) with inactivity and poor nutrition. This aging issue seems to be a consistent gripe with many past middle age, however there is a very simple solution: resistance training.
Yes, working out with weights isn’t just for the over-grown bodybuilder. Resistance training keeps the muscles active, healthy and evolving. Otherwise, they will be neglected and eventually disappear with inactivity. Think of muscle as “use it or loose it” syndrome. In other words, if you don’t give the muscles attention, than you may just have to kiss them goodbye.
Another common issue when aging is orthopedic problems—joints and bones. Case in point, osteoporosis in women. As woman age, eventually entering into menopause, osteoporosis becomes a serious concern. Bones become weak and susceptible to injury. Nutrition is a major tool in the osteoporosis fight; regularly consuming adequate amounts of calcium and other vitamins and minerals is standard protocol to strengthen bones. With that said, resistance training is also an invaluable tool. Exercising with added resistance, of course, encourages muscle strength, but it’s effects reach much deeper. Resistance training will strengthen and maintain bone integrity and density well into the aging process.
This also goes for men with orthopedic issues. While bone density and integrity are less of an issue, many males endure other related issues. Joint problems around the body from the knees to the neck will quite literally create soreness about the aging process. Arthritis is a nagging annoyance that many deal with while aging. It is a painful occurrence, but staying active with exercise while consuming a healthy diet is the best coping strategy.
We’ve all seen elderly individuals walking down the street, hunched over, literally looking like gravity is pushing them into a walking ball. Such a sad sight can be prevented—postural deviations like kyphosis lordosis (over curvature in the spine with a forward pelvic tilt) can be prevented with compensatory exercises and stretching. Essentially, postural deviations are an imbalance in agonist and antagonist muscles, which drastically effect the positioning of spine alignment.
If any of the previously mentioned issues are a concern for you, talk to one of the trainers at LiveFit. We are all more than qualified to assist you and if something is out of our scope, we will be sure to help you find the help you need. We won’t leave you hanging. It’s important not to get discouraged with the aging process or any of the complications that come with it. Remember, it’s all a process and surely you are more graceful than a lot of people.