Weight training falls under the category of resistance training. Other types of exercise such as calisthenics and various fitness machines fall under the same category. When it comes to resistance training, hands down, weight training is still considered by many to be the “gold” standard of resistance type training.
The beauty about weight training is that we’re rarely too sick and never too old to participate in it. Training loads, training principles and training intensity can be scaled up or down to accommodate anyone regardless of age, training experience or training goals.
Benefits from weight training are bountiful to say the least. We’re still discovering new benefits from this activity. The variation and degree of benefits from weight training is influenced primarily by the effort we put into our training programs. Increased bone density, increased metabolism, increased muscle and tendon strength, increased flexibility are just a few benefits from weight training that can be obtained by women and men of all ages.
Weight training is good medicine. This is another concept that is becoming increasingly popular. The preventative medicine and post rehabilitative benefits from weight training such as decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improved body composition and post accident and injury recovery makes it instrumental in improving the quality of life for participants, mature adults and seniors in particular.
Weight training is the gold standard of resistance training that’s flexible enough to accommodate any training goal, offers scores of physical benefits and is considered good preventative medicine to any one regardless of sex or age. With these accolades, it is easy to see why through weight training, we can be fit and fabulous at any age.