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Strength training for elderly people & why it’s so important

As we get older our bodies change and this can affect our physical functions and mobility. Our range of movement can diminish due to arthritis. Over time our balance and coordination begins to decline and our muscle strength reduces. This is a process called sarcopenia.

Sarcopenia is a type of muscle atrophy, primarily caused by the natural ageing process, leading to a reduction in muscle mass and loss of power. Sarcopenia can be prevented by regular strength and balance training along with good nutrition.

Unfortunately, strength training is not prioritised for elderly people and not many

institutions/physiotherapists or personal trainers target this age group enough.

That's why I think it's very important to educate, to send the message out, that we can still build muscles in old age! Regular strength training helps to increase bone density and mobility that can prevent injuries caused by trips and falls.



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