The natural loss of muscle tissue is part of chronological aging. This is also known as sarcopenia. Strength training becomes important as we age. To preserve the lean tissue that is vital for daily function, maintaining metabolism, and overall health routine exercising is key. Research is beginning to show that the human body responds to strength training inconsistently as we age, but possibly for the better.
In a study involving twenty-six seniors (65 and older) and twenty-three younger adult males (mean age of 29), participants were asked to do a ten-week basic training program, with check ups completed at the beginning and end. The course included strength training movements, such as bench press and pulldowns, with sets of eight to fourteen repetitions—a standard beginner strength training system. The results: both participant groups experienced strength gains (with the older group actually experiencing slightly higher gains). Muscle mass increase was higher in the younger group, but the older group showed significantly higher levels of muscular activation during training. So, while the younger group saw greater gains on the scale and in the mirror, it didn’t come with the same level of relative strength improvement and muscular activation, which could be more important for maintaining or improving basic movement and function in older age.
The scientific evidence continues to mount: you are never too old to take up strength training. The capacity to maintain that metabolism-boosting muscle mass and develop strength can be maintained well into older age. Lift a barbell so you can continue lifting your grandkids, no matter how fast they grow.
Peppermint oil during exercising can assist with opening up airways to receive more oxygen flow during your workout.