Why Women 50 and Older Need to Lift Weights
The Benefits of Weight Training for Women: Improved Metabolism
As you get older, you start to lose muscle. Researchers estimate that women lose approximately 1/4 pound of muscle every year after they hit age 50.
(1) Meanwhile, muscle endurance and strength drops by up to 14 percent every 10 years after you hit age 40.
The immediate result of muscle loss is a slower metabolism.
This is why many women find themselves unexpectedly gaining weight as they age.
But this weight gain isn’t inevitable.
It’s simply because muscle tissue burns more calories per minute than fat tissue, and as your muscle-to-fat ratio changes as you get older, you start to see noticeable weight fluctuations.
Maintaining your lean muscle tissue as you get older, and even adding to your lean muscle mass, can keep your metabolism burning hot and help you to maintain your youthful figure.
But that’s not all…
The Benefits of Weight Training for Women: Reduced Risk of Osteoporosis
Besides toning your body and improving your silhouette as you get older, lifting weights also slashes your risks of osteoporosis.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the disease affects 200 million women around the world.
A tenth of women age 60, a fifth of women age 70, and by the time women hit age 90, a shocking 2/3rds of women have it. (3)
Lifting weights is one of the best ways to avoid this disease, and the fractures, broken hips and falls that come with osteoporosis.
Regularly lifting weights and putting strain on your bones helps to increase your bone strength and your bone mineral density, and slows the loss of bone that comes with aging.