Bodybuilding at Any Age – It’s Never Too Late to Start!

each year.” The majority of hospital admissions for the elderly, in fact, are due to fall-related injuries. Interestingly, a majority of these falls could be prevented, however, if more seniors realized that they could reverse this trend through bodybuilding.

It’s Never too Late!

Aging has, historically, been viewed as an inevitable (and often rapid) slide into infirmity and muscular atrophy. Consequently, many seniors have convinced themselves that they must “slow down” with age, that too much activity might can lead to accidents and premature death. But the more that they have “slowed down,” the higher their chances of demoralizing (and often crippling) falls has become.

A coincidence?

Experts would say “no.” A study at Colorado State Sarms results University, for instance, found that two of the most significant reasons why seniors fall are diminished bone density (osteoporosis) and lack of muscle tone. Studies have shown that both of these conditions can be prevented or improved by regular exercise, particularly weight bearing exercises. Moreover, these studies have found that anyone can start bodybuilding at any age and at any fitness level and still increase their muscle mass and their strength.

Benefits of Bodybuilding for the Elderly

Studies have shown that weight bearing exercises benefit the health of seniors in many ways. In general (and for everyone) bodybuilding has been shown to:

· Increase muscle mass

· Increase bone density and strengthen bones

· Improve balance

But…

Seniors can particularly benefit from bodybuilding, as it will partially reverse the slide into diminished muscle strength and bone density.

Bodybuilding at any Age

In order to reap the health benefits of bodybuilding, however, there are a few rules that seniors should follow:

Start slow. Slowly building up to a desired fitness level is not only good advice for everyone, but it is particularly important for seniors. Injuries than can accrue from too much exercise, too soon, can be particularly severe-and often permanent-for seniors. For that reason, experts recommend that seniors new to weight lifting exercise for only about five or ten minutes at a time, at a low-to-moderate pace with light weights when first commencing an exercise program. They should then gradually increase the time and the intensity of the exercises as their bodies become stronger and more able to cope with greater exertion, higher heart rates and prolonged training intervals.