Fountain of Youth
As individuals become older, deterioration starts to occur in both muscle mass and muscle strength. This corrosion leads to chronic aches and pain, and even difficulty in performing daily activities. Occurrences such as this can begin at the age of 29 and can subsequently increase every year. The loss of physical ability has been correlated with not only an active lifestyle, but with an increase in age. For example, by the age of 65 the cardiovascular system realizes a 20 – 30% decrease in cardiac output. The muscular system undergoes a 40% loss of muscle mass, and witnesses a 30% decrease in strength by age 70. Maximum heart rate decreases approximately 10 beats per minute per decade. These are horrifying facts, but don’t worry! We now know, through scientific research, that even moderately intense full body workouts performed 2-3 times a week will not only delay, but even reverse the physical signs of aging. No matter how old you are, or how out of shape you are, it is never too late to start a weight training program.