Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Weight Training After 50 (July 26, 2005)

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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, LI)Answer

Even if I werenít in the business, I would definitely recommend strength training. 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
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.

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