Strength training is the key to being fit when you get older. – Fitlyzen

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Strength training is the key to being fit when you get older.

  • By Fitlyzen
  • 18 August 2022

From the age of 25 we can already notice it: our body cannot always do everything it used to be able to do. For example, recovery (after a night out) takes longer than we used to remember. And if we, literally, make too many strange jumps, injuries are not uncommon. Getting older is all part of the game, of course. However, that doesn't mean we can't take a turn helping nature in the opposite direction!

As we have been around more and more rounds around the sun, our bodies show more signs of ageing. This is a result of an increase in damaged cells and fewer and fewer reserves; the quality of our DNA is literally decreasing. Which is absolutely normal.

Fortunately, we can counter it a little bit; low stress and sufficient sleep contribute to the prevention of damaged cells. Exercise is also an excellent tool for preventing damaged cells. Regular exercise helps with sleep quality and reduces stress. In addition, walking and hiking is a proven tool on both mental and physical levels. And finally, strength training. This is indispensable when it comes to maintaining strength, flexibility and a healthy body.

Strength training may seem intimidating to older people. Because of the -often- heavier weights it may not seem a suitable way to train for bodies that are no longer able to do everything. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Strength training is a good way to maintain strength, prevent muscle loss (literally), stay balanced and improve coordination. All of this ensures a healthy skeleton, strong tendons and it will help keep the heart and vessels healthy. Being fit will even aid in preventing people to fall over when they get older.

So are the getting-older-symptoms starting to show, or do you have an aunt or grandfather who is showing signs of old age? Not a bad idea to go to the gym together for a day. You can't start early enough with staying fit!

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