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Strength Training Important for over 50

As we get older, our activity level declines which means we lose muscle strength.
Sarah Wood is a Nutrition and Health Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Center. She says when you are over 30, you should think about a strength training program.

She says the first think you will notice from a loss of muscle mass is reduction in strength. However as you grow older, that could impact your balance, resulting in falls and possible injury.
She says, however, there is good news.

Wood says you it can also control your weight and body fat, plus decrease your risk of falls and disease, plus increase your energy.
She suggests contacting your doctor before starting an exercise plan.
It is also a good idea to check with a trainer for a proper plan and technique.