Senior exercise: Am I too old for strength training?

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Senior exercise: Am I too old for strength training?

Question

Can a person be too old for strength training?

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Answer

You're never too old for strength training. A study published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" in the early 1990s reported that strength training provides significant benefits to older adults in their 80s and 90s. These benefits include improved quality of life as well as improved walking speed and improved ability to perform daily tasks, such as getting out of a chair.

There are many different tools for strength training, including machines, tubing, water and even your own body weight. Regardless of the tool you choose, proper technique is key for preventing injury and getting the most from your workout. Check with your doctor and physical therapist to determine the optimal strength-training program for your specific goals and needs.

Last Updated: 07/19/2005
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