Older people 'benefit from resistance training'

Posted on 19 July 2011

Older people who are exercising should focus on using big muscle groups to reap the most benefits from their work out, one expert maintains.

Steve Halsall, celebrity trainer and fitness entrepreneur, said that resistance exercise must be progressive and difficulty increased over time in order for the body to retain muscle mass and increase its strength.

"A lot is made of functional exercise these days and again, once basic techniques are mastered then integrating Swiss balls, Bosus and more cables to increase core strength is the way to go," he added.

Mr Halsall warned that beginners must take it slowly until they feel confident and able.

Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham revealed that older adults require more frequent exercise in order to maintain muscle.

The report, published in journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, revealed that improvements in strength gained through such activity can be retained for an extended period once the training ceases.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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