“Age is an Agreement” a coach once said to me. Hundreds of studies show that certain types of exercises will slow down the effects of aging. I have clients who have less body fat, more balance, more strength and consistent energy at 65 versus when they were younger.
As we get older, we lose muscle mass. Luckily, there are exercises we can do to help slow down the process. Here are two easy ones to consider:
- Resistance training helps slow down the loss of muscle mass which prevent injury and enhances physical rehabilitation. Besides that, resistance training stimulates the release of growth hormones. These hormones are responsible for mobilizing fat which helps change body composition. This mean that resistance training helps you gain muscle where you have fat in places like your stomach, hips, butt or even the back of your arms.
- Functional fitness training uses the concept of exercising multiple muscle groups at the same time versus isolating and working on a single muscle. This type of exercise has shown good results in increasing strength, endurance, agility and balance as indicated from a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). For a complete copy of the study, check out acefitness.org.