The Secret to Aging Well
Have you heard this phrase before, or maybe even said it to yourself: “You will understand when you are my age that your body just can’t do what it used to do.”
—What if I told you that I knew of a secret that would let you change what your body can do, no matter what your age?—
So what is this secret that holds the key to aging well? Strength training! What do I mean by strength training? Strength training is any kind of exercise directed at making you stronger and it is a science-proven solution for helping you improve your ability to do what you want while you age.
Why Strength Matters as You Age
Strength training is about so much more than growing big muscles. Strength training can help you:
→Increase your bone density (which means you are less likely to have a bone fracture)
→Decrease your risk of falling
→Improve your ability to manage diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, and many more health conditions
→Increase your independence
→Improve how fast you walk
→Decrease your symptoms related to arthritis
Can I Strength Train if I have Pain?
Yes! This is where a visit with a physical therapist will be particularly helpful for you. A physical therapist can design a program that allows you to build strength without increasing your pain, so you can get back to doing what you want to do faster.
How your PT Can Help
Physical therapists are well trained in how to safely create strength training programs that can target your specific needs to help you get stronger and reach your goals.
→These programs can be designed to be complete at home or in the gym.
→We are equipped to design programs that can include bodyweight, resistance bands, dumbbells, barbells, and low vs. high impacts exercises and much more!