The metabolism slows down as we age, which makes it simpler to gain body fat, particularly around the hips and waist. But according to Benten, regular light lifting combined with regular cardiovascular exercise and a healthy diet can help you gain lean muscle mass.
There is no getting around the fact that Roberts states, "Starting in your 30s, if you're not growing stronger, you're losing muscle mass." And as muscle mass is lost, body fat levels rise. In reality, after age 30, and especially after age 60, muscle mass declines by 3 to 8 percent per decade. The decline may be slowed by light lifting.
However, lifting weights promotes the formation of new bone cells, counteracting age-related declines in bone mineral density. Walking is fantastic, but it does nothing for the upper body's bones, which also require resistance training to remain strong, according to Roberts.
Lift Light, Get Lean teaches you how to safely build lean muscle without gaining weight. You may reap the rewards of weight training while lowering your risk of injury by using just one set of light weights.
Exercise decreases cortisol and adrenaline by releasing mood-boosting endorphins and serotonin. Every workout is a victory. Benten advises against self-flagellation. “Congratulate yourself and get back on track. One missed day need not become three.”
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Small weights can help you develop a strong core, which will help you keep excellent posture and guard against falls brought on by rapid changes in movement, such when you sidestep to attempt to avoid a crack in the sidewalk.