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Aging (Can We Maintain Our Independence)

By Hawkins Williams
Certified Fitness Specialist for Older Adults

Aging is a natural part of life. As we age, we see that we are not able to do the things we could do when we were younger. We become more dependent on prescription drugs to take care of ourselves. However research has shown that by becoming physically active, older adults can remain independent. Older adults can improve or maintain their quality of life by performing any type of exercise. One type of exercise is strength training.

People begin losing muscle tissue as early as age 30. In order to slow or stop muscle loss, one must begin strength training. More muscle means one can burn more calories every day, reduce the chance of low back pain, and achieve many more benefits.

The following is a list of more benefits:

  • Reduce arthritic pain
  • Increase bone mineral density
  • Enhance glucose uptake
  • Reduce resting blood pressure
  • Improve HDL and decrease LDL cholesterol levels
  • Enhance self confidence
  • Reduce moderate depression