Did you know women 65 years and older lose 5 pounds of muscle each decade?
This muscle loss translates to 12-14 grams of strength loss (1/3) per decade after 60 years of age!
The best way to slow down the aging process and stop losing muscle mass and strength is by lifting weights. Weight lifting builds stronger bones, promotes lean tissue, and speeds up the metabolism even during menopause. An excellent article for lifting weights can be found at LS: How to be Stronger Physically.
When do I need to get a personal trainer? If you have not lifted weights within the past few years and are past the age of 40, I highly recommend contacting a personal trainer to teach you how to safely incorporate weight lifting into your workout routine. This is important because the older the body becomes, the easier it is to get hurt and the healing processes of the body in later years can be excruciating. A good rule of thumb is if you haven't used it within the past year, get a trainer to walk you through the exercise.
As women age the issue of how to incorporate strength training is no longer just a matter of losing weight, it's essential to move easily through the daily activities in your life!