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Older and stronger: Progressive resistance training can build muscle, increase strength as we age
Date:3/31/2011

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Recommendations for those over age 50

Peterson says that anyone over age 50 should strongly consider participating in resistance exercise.

A good way for people to start on a resistance training program, especially for people who are relatively sedentary and after getting permission from their doctor to do so - is to use their body mass as a load for various exercises.

Exercises you can do using your own body weight include squats, standing up out of a chair, modified push-ups, lying hip bridges, as well as non-traditional exercises that progress through a full range of motion, such as Thai Chi or Pilates and Yoga.

Transition to the gym

After getting accustomed to these activities, older adults can move on to more advanced resistance training in an exercise and fitness facility. A certified trainer or fitness professional that has expe
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Contact: Jessica Soulliere
jesssoul@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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