While not irrelevant, the imagery of a beefy man pumping his chest in a muscle tank is long gone as the poster image for strength training. In 2020, there is no poster image for strength training. The benefits of strength training are for everyone, and especially women. It’s beneficial for weight loss, reduces the risk of injury or disease, and maintaining diminishing muscle mass over time.
Over Fifty and Fit
Building muscle mass as we age is essential for the overall maintenance of health as we tend to lose a percentage each year. This can leave us susceptible to injury and disease that may otherwise be prevented. Strength training isn’t simply about combating effects of aging, however. It’s also an effective way to celebrate age and challenge yourself. Avoid the risk of injury by practicing safe and proper form, as well as modifying where needed.
These workouts may all be modified by removing weight, or decreasing reps. Alternatively, they may also be made advanced by increasing reps.
For an extra challenge, attempt these workouts in tandem with one another or a circuit. If counting reps aren’t your thing, try attempting each for an allotted time in seconds or minutes. Enjoy, stay healthy, and always consult with a physician if something doesn’t feel right or if you’re concerned about your ability to work out.