Strength Training is for Everyone
Updated: Sep 16, 2021
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Building muscle is a beneficial aspect and by-product of physical fitness for kids and adults of any age.
Muscle is a better tissue for burning calories than fat, so building muscle will help you not only lose weight in the moment, but your metabolism will function more efficiently going forward. That doesn’t mean you have to be bulky to be fit. But as you add muscle to your individualized frame, you can improve your own body’s ability to process calories into energy and burn some excess.
Strengthening your muscles helps to improve or maintain good bone health as well. This can aid in avoiding or delaying osteoporosis, avoiding bone breaks, and maintaining your functional movement even into later life. Exercises that involve “pounding” (like walking, jogging or jumping) make a big difference, but so do resistance exercises that involve pushing (or pulling) against gravity and other forces. Muscle tone, along with improved/maintained bone density will also help with functional abilities and with mobility, especially as you get older. You’ll want to be able to get out of a chair without help for as long as possible, right?