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Strength training

  • Reduces arthritic pain
  • Decreases low back discomfort
  • Relieves depression
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Reduces resting blood pressure
  • Reduces risk of Type II Diabetes
  • Increases bone mass
  • Increases muscle strength and muscle endurance
  • Increases rate of burning fat for energy
  • Improves good cholesterol to bad cholesterol percentage
  • Decreases onset of osteoporosis
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Increases function of the heart
  • Research has also shown that the lack of exercise increases the risk of colon cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer
  • Gives you more energy
  • Produces a higher quality of life
  • Lets you remain independent longer

Did you know these things about aging?

  • Dowager's hump is caused by multiple fractures of the vertebrae and occurs in 40% of women who have osteoporosis.
  • Compression fractures occur in soft, weakened bone when stress is placed on the spine. Fractures can occur from mundane activities such as opening a window or lifting a heavy bag of groceries.
  • All five senses tend to decline in old age.
  • Lung capacity tends to decline in old age.
  • Between 15% and 20% of all persons ages 65+ have significant symptoms of emotional illness.
  • Physical strength tends to decline in old age.
  • About 1/3 of the muscle mass is gone by age 80.
  • Aged drivers have fewer accidents per person than drivers under age 65.
  • About 80% of the elderly are healthy enough to carry out their normal activities.
  • Older people, on average, take more medications than younger people.
  • Old people usually take longer to learn something new.
  • The reaction time of most older people tends to be slower than the reaction time of younger people.
  • The number of persons in the U.S. over age 65 is increasing more than twice as fast as those under the age of 65.
  • It is never too late to begin a strength-training program.
  • The authors of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluded that resistance weight training leads to significant gains in muscle strength, size, and functional mobility among frail residents of nursing homes.
  • Strength training should be performed two to four times per week on an every-other-day basis using free weights or tubing. Each session should consist of one to three sets of eight to twelve repetitions.
  • No exercise is recommended on chemotherapy days.
  • Benefits of exercise for stroke recovery: Reduces the degree of disability, increases physical fitness, reduces the chances of a second stroke, reduces the risk of dying from other cardiovascular diseases, and makes life more worth living.
  • Regular exercise is extremely important in controlling some of the symptoms of arthritis. Proper exercises help keep joints flexible, build and preserve muscle strength, and help protect joints from further stresses. Improvement in stiff joints or weak muscles may be slow, but those who follow a daily exercise program closely are rewarded with easier movement.
  • More than one out of five work-related injuries is a back injury.
  • Work accident injuries to the back occur nearly twice as often as any other injury.
  • Back injuries cause more than 100 million lost work days annually.
  • Several factors; including type of work, noise, temperature, and design of the workspace, can influence the safety of a workplace.
  • Training and education on proper lifting techniques can prevent avoidable back injuries.
  • Personal risk factors such as age, sex, strength, and fitness influence a person's potential for injury.
  • The following factors are associated with increased risk to low back pain:
    • Prolonged sitting
    • Improper sitting/posture in general
    • Upper body obesity
    • Aging