What is it: Strength training builds muscle with repetitive motion using weight or external resistance from body weight, machines, free weights, or elastic bands.
Why it’s good for you: Strength training helps prevent loss of bone mass, builds muscle, and improves balance - both important in staying active and avoiding falls. Strength training can improve your speed while crossing the street, for example, or prevent falls by enabling you to react quickly if you start to trip or lose balance. Building strength will help you stay independent and make day-to-day activities easier such as opening a jar, getting in and out of a car, and lifting objects.
People of all ages and physical condition benefit from exercise and physical activity. Regular physical activity and exercise are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Staying physically active and exercising regularly can produce long-term health benefits and even improve health for some older people who already have diseases and disabilities. That's why health experts say that older adults should aim to be as active as possible. Being physically active can also help you stay strong and fit enough to keep doing the things you like to do as you get older. Making exercise and physical activity a regular part of your life can improve your health and help you maintain your independence as you age.