Updated 25 November 2014

Weightlifting for seniors

In an exciting new study is being conducted in Australia where scientists are setting out to prove that doing weightlifting exercises can reverse osteoporosis.

In a programme called LiftMor (Lifting Intervention For Training Muscle and Osteoporosis Rehabilitation), they have asked women over 60 to take part in weightlifting exercises for 30 minutes twice a week.

The study runs for 8 months. One of the participants has already reported a 4% increase in bone density and the researchers are confident.

The ladies are also expected to increase their muscle strength and the overall outcome is to reduce the number of fractures that older women are at risk of - it is estimated that one in 3 women over 60 will experience a fracture due to a gradual decline in bone health.

Up for it? Discuss this with your doctor and head to the gym where you should talk through the exercise regime with a trained professional before getting started.

It's also great to do at home using free weights - see how to do the perfect dumbbell shoulder press or a seated dumbbell curl.

Image: senior guy doing some weights, Shutterstock

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