If you are aged over 50 and want to keep healthy then come and join our Strength Training for over 50's Club.
- Strength training exercise not only improves your muscle strength, metabolism, and balance, it also reduces the signs of ageing at the cellular level, helping you to look and feel years younger.
- Strength training is the only type of exercise that can substantially slow and even reverse the declines in muscle mass, bone density, and strength that were once considered inevitable consequences of aging.
- Older adults who have been sedentary for a while will benefit from establishing a strength training before beginning a walking program or other aerobic activity.
- Research shows people over the age of 50 who are inactive are at a higher risk of falls because their muscle tone is weak, flexibility is often limited, and balance may be precarious.
Over 50's Strength Club
Two Strength Training Sessions per week
Cost £40 per month or £8 pay as you go
Limited to only 10 people per class
In general, as people grow older, muscle fibers shrink in number and in size (atrophy) and become less sensitive to messages from the central nervous system. This contributes to a decrease in strength, balance, and coordination. Fortunately, beginning a strength training exercise routine after the age of 50 can halt these declines and boost health in a number of ways:
- Reverse Ageing
Although there is no question that people start to experience at least some degree of muscle atrophy after age 40, the extent to which this occurs depends on a number of factors, including genetics, diet, smoking and alcohol use, and—most importantly—physical activity level.
Research shows inactivity is responsible for the majority of age-associated muscle loss, and resistance exercise can reverse much of this by increasing the size of shrunken muscle fibers.
- Strengthen Bones
Weight training increases bone mass, which lowers the risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures. Strength training adds more weight to the skeleton by building muscle, which stimulate the bones to strengthen and grow.
- Ease Joint Pain
Proper strength training doesn't apply stress directly to joints and is ideal for people with arthritis. In fact, rheumatologists with the Arthritis Foundation recommends weight training for patients with arthritis. Although exercise cannot reverse arthritic changes, lifting weights helps alleviate symptoms by strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that surround joints.
- Better Quality of Life
Resistance exercise can also help older adults live independently by giving them the strength they need to perform everyday tasks. There is even evidence that resistance exercise can help people sleep better and can improve the mood of mildly to moderately depressed individuals.