Lift Yourself Up With Weights

Resistance training, also known as weight lifting, isn't just for football players and bodybuilders. Anyone can benefit from this type of workout. Even people as old as 80. That's what a review of 121 trials suggests.

The Indiana University review involved 6,700 people aged 60 and older who trained 2 or 3 times a week. Most saw major improvements in muscle strength which made simple tasks like climbing stairs and carrying groceries much easier. They also realized small but significant improvements in performing complex tasks like preparing meals and doing housework.

The Bigger Picture: If you're intimidated by towering stacks of weight plates and the people who lift them, you can get an effective resistance style workout using machines or elastic bands. As your instructor will tell you, the key to success is progressive resistance. When a certain poundage becomes easy to lift, increase the weight or the number of repetitions. Keep going at a pace you're comfortable with and stay strong.
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Oct 07, 2012
Thanks for the reply Brad, this study to me is really iaorptmnt & v.interesting, it saying there is no differnce in muscle growth with or without protein during or post workout,that is crazy, & really gives you licence to workout fasted & not eat if that suits you without any detriment to potential results. one more question though, would you say there is any benefit to the increase in whole body protein synthesis? ie although muscles are not getting bigger are there any other health benefits in terms of organ health etc? thx