Strength Training For Older Women

Jul 25, 2016

Strength Training For Older WomenAs we get older, we can unfortunately find our physical health decline with our age. Still, even at the ripe old age of 60s or 70s, it is never too late to get back in shape. However, is strength training for older women out of the picture? Does age effect the type of workout needed? While there are many factors that contribute to the type of workout needed for each person, age is definitely something that should be considered.

So what should a workout for an older women look like?

While being older can change the way you exercise or the amount of modification is needed for an exercise, it still very much depends on the older woman in question.

Typically, we look at aging as being marked with many declines in physical fitness including a decrease in flexibility, muscle mass, endurance, balance, and speed. However, for women who have been able to maintain an active lifestyle throughout their 30s, 40s, and 50s might not be experiencing these types of problems despite their age.

Yet those who have never been very active in their younger years are bound to have a lot more issues with their physical health that will need to be addressed with their fitness routine.

Since fitness levels can vary so much in women of all ages, your current age can say very little about the type of workout or exercise modifications that may or may not be needed.

So if you are an older adult that is looking to begin strength training, here is what you should know.

  1. If possible, consult with a personal fitness trainer.

    If you are pretty new or unfamiliar with developing your own strength training routine, seek out the help of a personal trainer who can instruct you in proper form and technique and will have better insight on how to modify exercises for your own personal needs.

  2. Start slow and listen to your body.

    In order for you to benefit from your strength training, you are going to need to start listening to your body. There is a difference between pushing the limit and overworking yourself. If something hurts to perform, have it modified until your body has the strength to handle it. If something doesn’t feel ‘right’, it may not be right for you. If you have a personal trainer helping you, make sure to inform them of any pain or intense discomfort you may be feeling.

  3. Maximize muscle protein exercises with a protein shake.

    You can get more out of your strength training exercise by making sure to consume extra protein during your workout. While getting some of your protein through whole foods is important, it can be challenging to consume enough to actual build muscle by itself. That is why adding a high quality whey protein shake to your diet can really make all the difference.

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