Over time our bodies experience a natural decline in muscle mass, strength and bone-density commonly known as sarcopenia. Regular resistance training is the best way to offset this decline which has wonderful anti-ageing implications for later years including:
- Maintenance of muscle strength, size and function
- Increased bone mineral density
- Improved fuel utilisation (particularly glucose)
- Better blood lipid profiles
- Enhanced body composition (less fat, more muscle)
- Less discomfort from arthritic joints
- Reduced fragility, improved confidence and continued freedom of movement
The anti-ageing business is booming with wacky supplements and cosmetic procedures promising a longer, healthier lifespan. In reality very few (if any) can deliver a list of benefits which comes close to what safe and effective resistance training, performed consistently, can provide.
It’s never too late to start. It doesn’t need lots of fancy equipment and it doesn’t require large chunks of time. So reach for the dumbbells, grab some resistance bands or simply opt for some bodyweight calisthenics and get lifting.