Frank Mikulka's

Weekly Fitness Tip

March 28, 2004

I’m in my upper 40’s closer to 53 to be honest and I know about the benefits of my cardio training. My diet leans to the healthy and now I would like to get into a little strength training. Can this do a body good at my age?
(Stan, Levittown)

Even if I weren’t in the business, I would definitely add strength training to my regimen because of its numerous benefits:

  • Increased bone density - Slows down bone mineral loss and increases bone mass
  • Changes in body composition - Increases muscle tissue, and along with diet and cardio to burn fat, creates a more defined lean look
  • Faster metabolism - Increases metabolism (which slows down considerably as we age) due to increased muscle tissue which will burn more calories at rest. Ex: 1 lb of muscle burns 30-50 calories at rest
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Better regulation of glucose
  • Lower blood pressure, a decrease in resting heart rate
  • Better life quality - with normal functional activities

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