Why People Over 40 Should Embrace Strength Training 3x A Week

Essential Reasons For Strength Training When You're 40+
Matt Wetmiller
September 23, 2023
Why People Over 40 Should Embrace Strength Training 3x A Week

Matt Wetmiller


September 23, 2023

Aging might be an inevitable part of life, but how we age is largely in our hands. If you're over 40, you've probably begun to notice subtle shifts in your body. Perhaps you don't recover as quickly from activity, or maybe you've experienced a decrease in muscle mass. These changes are natural, but they don't have to dictate the quality of your golden years.

Strength training, often associated with bodybuilders and young athletes, is, in fact, one of the most beneficial fitness modalities for the 40+ demographic. And to fully reap the benefits, we recommend incorporating it into your routine at least three times a week. Here are our gym in Lakeland, FL, we work strategically with our clients to gain strength as they age.

Here are the top three reasons why:

1. Combat Age-Related Muscle Loss (Sarcopenia)

Why it's Important: Starting in our 30s, most of us lose between 3% to 8% of our muscle mass per decade. This process accelerates as we surpass the age of 40. This loss in muscle mass can lead to reduced strength, mobility issues, and an increased risk of injuries.

How Strength Training Helps: Engaging in regular resistance training can not only slow the decline but can also help you gain back some of the muscle you might have lost. The repeated stress from lifting weights promotes muscle growth, enhancing strength and endurance.

2. Boost Metabolism and Maintain Healthy Weight

Why it's Important: As we age, our metabolic rate naturally slows down. A slower metabolism can result in weight gain, even if you're consuming the same number of calories as before.

How Strength Training Helps: Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue. By increasing your muscle mass through strength training, you'll be increasing your resting metabolic rate. This means you'll be burning more calories even when you're not exercising, making it easier to maintain or lose weight.

3. Promote Bone Health and Prevent Osteoporosis

Why it's Important: After the age of 30, bone density starts to decline. This can lead to a heightened risk of fractures and conditions like osteoporosis, especially in post-menopausal women.

How Strength Training Helps: Just like muscles, bones become denser and stronger when they are actively and regularly stressed. Weight-bearing exercises, such as weight lifting or resistance band workouts, can increase bone density and reduce the risk of fractures and breaks.

Age is just a number, but how we care for our bodies can influence the quality of life we enjoy as we age. Embracing strength training three times a week is not just a recommendation—it's an invitation to a healthier, more vibrant life after 40. At Restoration Fitness and Nutrition, we're committed to guiding you on this transformative journey. Visit us today, and let's embark on a path to strength and vitality together!

For more information on what it looks like to join our gym to begin gaining strength, click the blue link to book your Free Intro today! 

(Remember: Always consult with a fitness professional before beginning any new exercise regimen to ensure safety and efficacy.)

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