When it comes to exercise many seniors consider their daily walk enough to keep them healthy. While walking can be an excellent cardio workout on a daily basis, adding resistance training a few times a week can build resilience, overcome the natural loss of muscle mass, and increase agility and stability in a way cardio alone cannot. However, it is not a good idea to simply run out, purchase resistance equipment, and start working out. It is important that your program be designed specifically for your condition and abilities by a professional. You may find the right personal trainer at your local gym, or try working with a certified physical therapist.
Strengthening the body’s largest muscle groups through functional movement will translate to improved performance at daily tasks such as climbing stairs, carrying groceries, and playing with grandchildren.
McHARRIE LIFE SENIOR COMMUNITY is committed to providing residents with opportunities that enrich and enhance their well-being. Please call (315) 638-2521 to arrange a tour of our senior community at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville.
P.S. Resistance and weight training can be an excellent tool for coping with chronic conditions such as sarcopenia and frailty.