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Old 04-01-2011, 09:54 AM
 
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Interesting article on muscle loss and how to reverse it.

Older and stronger: Progressive resistance training can build muscle, increase strength as we age
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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We are never too old to change! Good idea for almost everyone.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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The importance of resistence training as we grow older cannot be over-emphasized. Back in the 1950's and 1960's the emphasis was on aerobics (cardio-vascular) exercise, which still remains the cornerstone of fitness, and muscular fitness for the elderly was simply not on anyone's radar. Now it is generally recognized (by such bodies as the American College of Sports Medicine and the Office of the United States Surgeon General) that fitness for older people has become a four-legged stool: cardio, muscle strength, balance, and flexibility (range of motion through regular stretching). Resistence (weight) training strengthens more than muscles; tendons and bones also benefit. And using hand-held weights (dumbells) rather than resistance machines actually helps coordination and balance. Yoga is a marvelous adjunct to resistance training. Use it or lose it has been medically documented in these areas.
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:00 PM
 
Location: WA
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I go to the gym about four days a week and have been lifting weights for over twenty years.

After helping my father in is later years and seeing the miserable condition of his body I decided I wanted to be fully able and look good up until death so I work pretty hard at it. I am often pegged at fifteen years younger when talking to folks at the gym.

It may not be for all but resistance training is an important part of my life.
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