I did not incorporate strength training into my fitness routine until I was middle aged. I first started using a Hoist Home Gym on a regular schedule and due to a move I purchased free weights for use in the home. I sure wish I had started when I was younger since strength training is an important piece of the fitness puzzle. Get a few free weights and start using them 3 times each week.
We lift weight everyday by picking up our children, getting the groceries out of the car or cleaning out our garage. Regular focused strength training builds lean muscle mass, which helps to burn more calories. This helps to burn fat and rev up your metabolism, which will help you to maintain or get to a healthy body weight.
The American Heart Association Recommends
Moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week.
Strength training is a critical part of an age-defying fitness routine. We all lose muscle tone and power as we age and without focusing on muscle strength regularly, it is difficult to continue being physically active or increase the level of physical activity into your life.
It is never too late to start lifting weights!