Lifting weights not only helps you burn fat, but it also amps up your ability to perform such daily tasks as carrying groceries, climbing stairs and doing other household chores. Lifting weights is critical since all of us lose one to two percent of our muscle strength each year, according to a December 2013 Journal of Physical Therapy Sciencestudy.
“Resistance training with free weights is critical to losing weight.”
“Plus, strong leg and hip muscles reduce your risk of falling, a cause of considerable disability among older adults.”
For lifting newbies, I suggest strength training a minimum of two times a week, with workouts being split between upper-body exercises one day and lower body the other. Tip: Skip the resistance machines and keep increasing the weight you’re lifting as soon as it becomes easy.
A lot of older people tend to only use resistance machines, but I recommend using free weights because they require balance and they promote more activity of the joint stabilizer muscles. If you have any questions or comments leave them below. If you’re needing help getting started, contact me or click on my link www.fitguy46personaltraining.com. Make it a great day!!!