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Resistance training and its impact on our lifespan

Longevity is a big topic nowadays; everybody wants to live longer. Modern medicine has increased life expectancy, but this has not necessarily been accompanied by an equivalent increase in healthy life expectancy. People are living longer but many of those years are burdened by chronic diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol or cardiovascular problems.


So let's look at the difference between a "lifespan" and a "healthy lifespan."

Lifespan is the total number of years we live, whereas healthspan is how many of those years we remain healthy, free from disease and able to live a normal, active life.


If you can imagine living till 100, it would be great if your body remained healthy, strong, mobile and functional. Unfortunately, most older adults lose their muscle strength as they age, due to lack of resistance training.


Resistance training for elderly people, or in care homes, is not prioritised enough and it still has a bit of stigma attached. When you retire you should not stop being physically active as your muscle mass and body strength with rapidly decline as you age. It is important to keep the strength in your body so that you can enjoy your retirement as much as possible, for as long as possible.


How do you imagine your Golden Years? I am sure you want to be relatively healthy, mobile and around to enjoy your grandchildren with no major aches and pains. These can be

prevented by training regularly with mobility and flexibility exercises, in addition to eating a balanced diet.


Without partaking in any regular strengthening exercises you will lose your muscle strength and become very fragile, overall weak and therefore prone to injuries - such as falls and trips. Recovery in elderly people is very slow and some people will never return to their pre-injury life.


That's why is important to educate the elderly that training in older age should still play a huge part in their life and how they would benefit physically and mentally from staying fit.


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