Strength Gains as a Result of Brief, Infrequent Resistance Exercise in Older Adults
Chronological aging is associated with a decrease in skeletal muscle mass and bone mineral density, an increase in fat mass, frequency of falls and fractures, and the likelihood of obesity, diabetes, and coronary heart disease. Resistance exercise has been shown to counter all of 5 these effects of aging, and in turn, reduce the risk of all-cause mortality.
By performing resistance training (RT), a person can improve their strength, muscle size, cardiovascular fitness, metabolic health, and BMD. As a result, people can decrease the potential for injuries through strengthening their joints, tendons, and ligaments. The data suggests that two decades of age-associated strength loss can be regained in two months of resistance exercise. Resistance exercise appears to reverse aging in skeletal muscle and evidence supports that resistance exercise reduces the risk of all-cause mortality.
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