Weight lifting can also reduce the risk of heart disease and other heart-related ailments. After a 45 minute workout, your blood pressure can be lowered by up to twenty percent. Strength training has also been linked to regulating your blood sugar, and ultimately lowering your chance of getting diabetes. If you already have diabetes, strength training will help you keep it in check.

One thing that people seem to ignore when it comes to weight lifting, is the effect that it can have on your psychological well-being. Watching your body become a shell of what it once was, and feeling the effects of neglect on your body as you try to do something as simple as lift a jug of water can have very negative effects on your self-esteem. Getting your body back into shape and starting to look and feel like a person who can still accomplish great things can make you feel like a new person. You might even eventually be able to fit in your old clothes that you haven’t seen since your 20s. A boosted self-esteem will allow you to try new things and continue to make hard decisions without it taking too much of a toll on you. You may even feel inspired to start a new career or meet a new partner after achieving a new body. Having a healthy level of confidence is key in elevating your mood and enjoying your life without having to turn to drugs or other methods of coping.

Most people start lifting weights at a young age, but if you’re older it is never too late to start. Weightlifting can be safe at any age if done correctly, but if you are indeed starting at an older age you may want to consult a doctor and trainer before starting. Exercise-related injuries may make your existing problems worse than they already are and your body will not heal at the same rate it did when you were younger. Do not feel discouraged, though, as just working out a few times a week will have you feeling better than you have in years and the envy of your peers. Eventually, you may be able to play a sport that you used to enjoy again. Last year, a 100-year old woman ran the 100-meter dash. If she can still be active after 100 years of life, there is no reason that you cannot do the same.

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