Is Resistance Training for Older Adults Okay?

This article was recently published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and looks at the benefits of resistance/strength training in the older adult population.

The following key points from the article are heavily evidence based:

  • A properly designed resistance-based exercise program is safe for older adults.
  • These programs should follow the key principles of individualisation, periodisation, progressive overload, and should target 2-3 muscle groups per session at 70-85% of max intensity.
  • For positive health benefits, strength focused training should be conducted 2-3 times per week.

By following these guidelines, older adults can improve their strength, power, and neuro-muscular functioning. This also has the added benefits of improved mobility, enhanced independence, and better performance with activities of daily living.

Strength-based exercise programs can also improve an individual’s resistance to injury, as well as reducing the frequency and impact of falls. Another huge advantage of strength training is its benefits on psychological well-being and cognition.

In short, is Resistance Training for Older Adults Okay? The answer is yes!

Keep in mind these proven benefits are based on strength training 2-3 times per week, at around 80% of exercise intensity, as discussed in the bullet points above.

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