If you do not maintain your strength, you will lose over half a pound of muscle each year!
The calories that would have been burned by muscle end up stored as fat – which is a leading cause of weight gain.
Along with burning calories, the importance of maintaining your strength is also about preventing osteoporosis. One in four women over the age of 50, and one in eight men over 50 has osteoporosis.
Do you know that the single most important thing you can do to prevent osteoporosis, is to maintain your strength – especially upper body strength? Nothing lowers the risk of osteoporotic bone fractures better than strength training. To stay healthy, you must stay strong!
Your muscles have the same capacity for strength when you’re 75 as they did when you were 25 – but not your joints!
George Malkmus, founder of Hallelujah Diet, works out on the FIT10
Is the FIT10 method of exercise suitable and beneficial for aging adults?
With increased longevity comes serious issues regarding quality of life in the later years. Sadly, only 8% of American adults currently exercise at recommended levels. Most chronic diseases and disabilities in aging adults develop insidiously over decades, and are preventable. The FIT10 method of exercise is uniquely beneficial for aging adults for the following reasons:
1. FIT10 BUILDS STRENGTH WITHOUT OVERSTRESSING THE JOINTS OR SPINE
Maintaining adequate muscle mass over age 50 becomes increasingly difficult because of the stress that weight bearing exercise puts on aging joints. Because the FIT10 method of building strength puts very little stress on joints and no stress on the spine, it is an excellent way for seniors to stay strong without joint damage and soreness.
2. FIT10 IS A CONVENIENT AND VIGOROUS WORKOUT
Exercise Improves aging related mental decline and Alzheimer’s. A new 5-year study of men and women aged 65 and older suggests that exercise cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s and less-devastating mental losses. Researchers found that the more a person exercised, the greater the protection for the brain. The FIT10 method of exercise is a vigorous in home workout that only takes five to ten minutes. Because it is convenient, even for travel, seniors can easily get a quick dose of the recommended exercise needed to fight off menacing age related mental declines.
3. FIT10 IS RESISTANCE EXERCISE THAT CAN BE DONE EVERYDAY
One study involving individuals in their 70s found that those who exercised regularly regained an average 22% of lost lung capacity within a 6-month span. This achievement effectively restored the exercisers’ daily lung function to levels experienced in their 50s. In another study subjects 75 years of age or older increased muscle strength up to 21% after 3 months of resistance training. The FIT10 method of exercise is ideally suited to fight aging because it encourages daily comprehensive resistive exercise, done in only five to ten minutes. Because FIT10 is an easily accessible in-home-ten-minute-program, seniors tend to actually do the type of resistance training most beneficial to reversing many of the symptoms of aging.
1 Source: American Demographics, August 1994, P. 38
2 Archives of Neurology March, 2001; 58:498-504
3 Behavioral Medicine 1999; 24:157-168