More than Muscle: Why You Should Think About Strength Training

When you think about lifting weights, you might think about big strong muscles, or being uncomfortable, and say “no thanks.” But strength training can do a lot more than build muscle mass and strength (two things that are very important with older age).

And the pain and discomfort go away when you exercise regularly.


Strong muscles lead to strong bones, better balance, greater independence, and more. The benefits to bone health alone are enough to convince many why now might be the time to start a strength-training regimen.

As bones become more fragile with age, they can be susceptible to a break, even after a minor fall or much less obvious stress, like simply bending over. Depending on the placement and severity of a break, it can have life-altering impacts.

Muscle can help prevent these situations from occurring. Several studies show that strength training can slow bone density loss and even stimulate the formation of new bone. This can help offset age-related drops in bone mass.

Activity that puts stress on bones – like the pushing or pulling that happens during resistance exercise – can prompt bone-forming cells to get moving, too, ultimately leading to stronger and denser bone.


Muscle also helps to improve balance and resilience, helping to increase agility. For example, if you walk into a table and lose balance, muscles will help you absorb the blow and potentially steady yourself to prevent a fall.

Strength training moves target bones in the hips, spine, and wrists, which are the areas you’re most likely to experience a life-altering fracture. Movements that incorporate squatting, deadlifting, and upper body pushing and pulling, like push-ups or rows, are ideal.

If you don’t know anything about strength training, or even if you know a little, it is worthwhile to meet with a professional. They can show you how to safely perform movements and program exercises in a low-risk, incremental way that is tailored to you.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.