Weight training and other weight bearing exercises have long been known for their health benefits. Many studies have shown these types of exercises are good for adults of any age. But a recent recommendation by the American College of Sports Medicine reveals that weight training is more beneficial for seniors than previously thought.
For those over the age of 50, weight training helps prevent osteoporosis and can increase bone density. Recent studies also show that weight lifting can improve cognitive functioning as well.
Seniors should take special care to use weight training equipment correctly to avoid injury or strain. Lifting too much weight can cause problems as can improper technique. If a person is new to weight training, it is best to have some sessions with a professional trainer to learn the correct forms and techniques, not only to lift safely but to maximize the benefits of this activity.