Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Is There Life After 50 in Strength Training?
April 18, 2006

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I just pushed over the 50 mark. Iím aware of the benefits of cardio training and my diet which lean to the healthy side. Now my question is if I begin a little weight lifting would I be doing any harm at my age? (Stan, Roslyn)

Answer: Even if I werenít in the business, I would definitely recommend strength training. Itís never too late to begin weight lifting as long as you start out slowly with proper form. My oldest client is 96 and he has good balance and is independent. At your age you can still achieve great things. Simply put the benefits at your age are:

  • Increased bone density and the slowing down of bone mineral loss
  • Changes in body-composition to provide you with a lean, athletic look Ė more muscular and less fat, especially when you include cardio and diet in your program.
  • Faster metabolism - Because age slows down metabolism, by increasing muscle tissue the body will burn more calories at rest. 1lb of muscle burns 30-50 calories at rest.
  • Lower LDL cholesterol and stabile glucose levels.
  • Lower resting heart rate
  • Improved mental function
So seek out a trainer to plan a program and teach you proper form and technique. Your trainer will guide you in both free weights and machines. Then you can take it from there to start building some muscle. Remember to change it up periodically. Note: You will soar in the romance dept.!

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