The importance of strength training in order not to lose functionality

Shy inness

25 April, 2019

Strength training is key to not losing functionality, which is what is lost when we grow older, when our body stops moving as it moved before. With the work of strength, what we do is delay the loss of functionality and make it more progressive, a determining aspect to be able to enjoy a healthy life.

During the last years, the progressive incorporation of the elderly into the clubs Sports and in the fitness rooms, it has been a constant. There are only activities dedicated to this age group and more and more people are losing their fear the first day.
Many are the reasons why a senior decides to go to a sports club. Whether for medical, social or sports reasons, fitness room technicians and guided activities, we help you find the space where you feel at ease and notice the improvement in your day to day life.

Before beginning to do activity, it is advisable to visit the medical service of the club. At this moment it is when you begin to define the type of activity most recommended based on your state of health, mood and previous experience in sports. With this information, the room technician can guide it with more guarantees of success.

Benefits of working the force
Strength training is key to not losing functionality, which is what is lost when we grow older, when our body stops moving as it moved before. With the work of strength, what we do is delay the loss of functionality and make it more progressive, a determining aspect to be able to enjoy a healthy life.

Over the years, we can develop a series of linked pathologies, in most cases, to aging (osteoporosis) and also suffer from degenerative loss of the mass of skeletal muscle (sarcopenia). In both cases, and in other pathologies of the skeletal muscle system, the work of the force is vital.

The loss of muscle mass can be associated with a series of consequences:
• Loss of confidence due to lack of balance and possible falls.
• Limitation of the activity that leads, in many cases, to sedentary lifestyle.
• Loss of independence.

To counter this, the work of force causes:
• Increased muscle mass
• Improved bone density
• Prevention of injuries
• Improvement of the balance
And therefore, improvement of self-confidence and quality of life.

More appropriate exercises
There are many types of strength but the most appropriate at this age, and in the initial stages of the training, it is the strength resistance, a general training that leads to the improvement of the muscular power of the legs, trunk-waist scapular and arms . With intensities around 40-60% and 8 in 12 repetitions for exercise.
The lower train and upper train exercises can be performed perfectly with weight-less pulley machines, which offer the right resistance. Also, elastic bands and dumbbells are a good complement to work the force. Work with your own body weight (push ups, squats, etc.) is also recommended, but keeping in mind the exercises that imply balance.

People must be motivated as they become great in sports practice and we can only do it if we offer a program as diverse as possible, interspersing exercises of strength and endurance and also participating in directed activities.
If they succeed, the gains at the physical, social and functional level are innumerable.

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Shy inness

Responsible for the physical conditioning area of Claror Sardenya

Degree in Physical Education (INEF)

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