Research has emphatically shown that one of the best ways to ward off ‘frailty’ that often comes with ageing is to build up your muscles and embrace weight training.
An initial study in 1988 with ten frail nursing home residents aged between 86 and 96 produced startling results. Accordingly to Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh, MD, in just eight weeks, their muscle strength doubled or tripled, muscle size increased, and functional mobility improved. Two of them threw away their walking sticks, says Professor Fiatarone Singh.
Many larger studies that followed have also concluded that there are significant benefits from strength training for older participants.
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