Myth Busters #41

Resistance training is only for young athletes

Resistance training can begin when you are in your late teens but should continue as you enter adulthood and even into old age because without resistance training we lose muscle mass and gain body-fat as we age. As we lose muscle mass we lose strength and become weak, fragile and more prone to injury. It has even been shown to reduce the impact and onset of osteoporosis.

The type of weight training will differ between age groups just as it differs depending on the individual’s goals for exercise and fitness and doesn’t have to include lifting bulky weights, just using your body weight or thera-bands will have similar effects. Weight training is an important component of anybody’s training regime and you don’t require special conditioning or a current level of fitness to start resistance training.

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