The stereotype about gyms is that they’re for the younger generation, but in fact, training in your 50s and beyond has so many benefits to your health!
At Intent91, we have members of all ages from 21 to 82 (Jean is our oldest member and she’s a superstar!).
We also have plenty of middle-aged men and women, that are benefitting from moving well and moving often in the gym.
So, we thought it would be really helpful to run over 5 benefits of weight training in your 50s and going to the gym.
In no particular order, let’s get into it:
Decreases discomfort and injuries
As you get older, it’s very common to feel aches and pains in parts of your body that you might not have felt before.
This could be in your hips, lower back, knees and so on.
Some people aren’t aware that weight training can actually improve these discomforts, as long as, the exercises are performed correctly and optimally.
This is when a personal trainer could be helpful, take a look at why you might need a personal trainer.
If you perform strength exercises with intent, they will increase the muscle around these areas which will strengthen them and reduce any discomfort you might be feeling.
This brings us to the next benefit nicely.
Increases muscle mass
It’s no secret that weight training helps increase muscle mass, but is this still true when you are in your 50s?
It absolutely is!
Yes, it might be tough to get a 6 pack and become the next Hollister model, but strength training will improve your muscle growth.
In fact, according to Human Kinetics research, they suggested weight training 20-40 minutes 2-3 per week can rebuild muscle tissue and increase muscle mass in people aged between 50 – 90 years old.
What are the benefits of muscle mass?
- Muscle helps manage blood sugar.
- Muscle builds strength and stamina.
- Increases confidence.
- Muscle supports your joints.
- Increases energy.
Increases Bone Density
As you get older, it’s easy to lose muscle mass, as well as bone density.
This happens as you start to slow down e.g. you’re less active at work or you’ve stopped playing sport.
This is when weight training really comes into its own!
Weight training increases your bone density, which is crucial for providing structure, improving posture, protecting organs and storing calcium.
All the good stuff basically!
Not only does it increase bone density, but if you find the right environment, it can also replace that sport or work camaraderie that you might be missing.
Take Intent91 for example, our small group personal training sessions are full of friendly, like-minded individuals that make training an enjoyable experience.
Similar to muscle mass and bone density, when you enter your 50s sometimes it is tougher to keep the weight off, which is due to a number of factors.
Weight training is a fantastic method to burn calories and help you achieve a calorie deficit.
Exercises such as running might be more challenging on your knees and other parts of your body, so finding a new alternative is essential. Weight training is low impact so like Jean you can continue weight training into your 80s and see the benefits!
Please note, that your nutrition will play a huge factor when it comes to increasing muscle mass and weight loss.
Improves Your Mental health
Protecting our mental health is so important and weight training/exercise, in general, is great for our mental health.
Research suggests that regular weight training reduces depression, improves overall mood in older adults, fatigue and loads more!
A Final Note…
Here are 5 benefits to training in your 50s?
- Decreases discomfort and injuries
- Increases muscle mass
- Increases bone density
- Reduces fat
- Improves your mental health
We’d just like to note, that weight training has so many benefits for both our physical and mental health. It’s also very enjoyable and if you find the right environment can be the perfect way to meet and socialise with others.
We have all ages that train with us, including a lot of members over the age of 50 which allows for our members to create genuine relationships with like-minded people.
If you’d like to find out more about Intent91 or weight training in general, please feel free to fire any questions our way!