Strength Training Is More Important for Women Than Men — Here’s Why

Nothing in life comes easy, and we can say the same about aging gracefully. No matter how many anti-aging creams and supplements you buy, true results won’t come unless you get moving. 

Exercise is the fountain of youth for your aging muscles. That’s why it’s no secret that strength training is one of the best workouts for your body. 

Anyone is capable of strength and resistance training, and experts like Keith Sobkowiak DPT, a physical therapist and regional director at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers, say one of the best times to start is when you’re older. Not only will weight-bearing programs get you physically toned, but your body will be in good condition to ward off age-related diseases along with other benefits.

“Research shows it can also prevent injury, strengthen your body, and give yourself a total mood booster,” adds Emma Lovewell, a cycling instructor at Peloton. 

You’re never too old to work out, and your strength exercises can be modified to what your body can handle. A 20-year-old will have a different regimen than a 50-year-old and that’s okay. With enough time and persistence, strength training can get you to reach your best self. The first step is knowing how to start.

What are the benefits of strength training?

There are many advantages to strength training, but by far, the biggest is its effect on your longevity. Resistance training indirectly helps you live longer by making you less susceptible to disease. For example, sports scientists in a 2022 study found doing 30 to 60 minutes of strength training a week lowers your risk of premature aging, heart disease, and cancer by 10 to 20 percent. Dedicating an hour to lifting weights also reduces your diabetes risk significantly. 

Getting in shape also works out the most important muscle in the body — the brain. Older adults who engaged in strength training regularly improve their cognition by providing more oxygen to the noggin. What’s more, resistance exercises helped delay the decay of white matter in the brain, which could decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

Obviously, cardio workouts reap similar benefits for your health but there are some gains you can’t get from a weekly walk in the park.

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