We all know strength training is supposed to be good for us as we age, right? But why is it so essential?
To answer this, Runrepeat.com posted a great summary of the scientific literature on aging and strength training. After analyzing more than 200 peer-reviewed studies, they’ve compiled a list of the benefits adults and seniors can expect from strength training.
In all, the summary highlights 78 separate, science-backed benefits from strength training for adults and seniors. These benefits fall into the following categories:
- Increasing functional independence
- Improving quality of life
- Improving sleep
- Reducing age-related muscle loss and sarcopenia
- Burning fat and increasing lean mass
- Improving osteoarthritic and bone health
- Improving cardiovascular health
- Improving mitochondrial health
- Improving mental health and cognitive functioning
- Fighting type-2 diabetes
- Improving recovery from hip injury
- Reducing risk of death
Head on over to Runrepeat.com to read the whole article.
Reminder: If you live in the LA area, consider joining us for our Basic Barbell Strength clinic on October 19, where we’ll teach you how to get started safely with barbell strength training.