Resistance training for healthy ageing
A new position statement published in the American journal, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, supported by the nonprofit National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) highlights the benefits of resistance training for older adults.
Senior author of the statement, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan, Mark Peterson, PhD, MS, FACSM, said, “Current research has demonstrated that resistance training is a powerful care model to combat loss of muscle strength and mass in the ageing population. We demonstrate in this position statement just how much resistance training can positively affect physical functioning, mobility, independence, chronic disease management, psychological wellbeing and quality of life expectancy.”
The position statement provides 11 summary statements in 4 parts. Part 1 outlines the key variables of resistance training for older adults, Part 2 explains physiological adaptations, Part 3 outlines the functional benefits and Part 4 outlines how to devise training programs for those with chronic conditions.
NOTE: To read the full position statement ‘Resistance training for healthy ageing’ see the website of The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).