I’m in my 40’s, closer to 50 to be honest. And I know about the benefits of cardio training for my heart, but I would like to tighten up my former young body a little. Would I benefit from strength training or leave well enough alone? (Aaron S, Farmingdale)
Aaron, like yourself I am in my early 50’s. Even if I weren’t a trainer, I would be lifting weights because of the numerous benefits. Strength training will accomplish the following:
- Increase bone density and slow down bone mineral loss.
- Change body composition and increase muscle tissue, combined with a balanced diet and fat loss, appearance can be changed for the better. For example: Burn away that stomach and increase muscle mass in the chest.
- Speed up metabolism which slows down with age. One pound of muscle burns 30-50 calories at rest per day. If you put on five pounds of muscle you are burning between 180-250 extra calories, doing nothing. Now that’s a benefit.
- Help control metabolic syndrome by lowering cholesterol, regulating glucose better and decreasing blood pressure at rest.
- Better life quality like lifting heavy objects and increased energy for recreational activities with the family.