Strength training doesn’t just mean heavy weights for bulky muscles, it’s anything to do with lifting weights to maintain or improve your health—at any age. And even though research shows that your bone density begins to decrease around the age of 40, it is something that can be combated by simply staying active and doing some light weight training. To go along with strengthening your bones, strength training also helps with:
- Heart health
- Strengthening muscles
- Losing weight
- Improving balance
- Improving posture
The older you get the more important some of these things are, especially in people that suffer from heart problems or arthritis. More importantly, strength training can reduce your likelihood of falling by as much as 40%.
The beauty of training to maintain your health instead of gaining muscle is that it’s not an everyday event. It’s recommended that adults engage in strength training two or three times per week with the added benefit that many exercises can be done at home. Some of the most common being:
- Jump squats
- Chair dips
- And many more
Another difference between heavy and light weightlifting is the reduced risk of injury that comes with lifting light weights. You’ll also be improving your endurance when doing 15-20 reps with light weights as opposed to 8-12 reps with heavy weights.
While you may not have the perfect beach bod when summer rolls around, light weightlifting does help tone your body while adding strength and improving your overall health.