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Just as strength training is the single best exercise you can do after turning 50, I can tell you that the same goes for your 60s. Don’t just take it from me, though. Take from some trainers who are over 60 themselves.
“Many individuals over the age of 60 forget about lifting weights—or think that they can’t build muscle as they age—but that’s just not true,” Valerie Hurst, 61, an FAI-Certified Trainer & Certified Brain Health Trainer, explained to us at ETNT Mind+Body. “By strength training at least two days per week to your exercise routine, you can avoid loss of muscle, and thus stay independent longer by maintaining your strength and balance.”
She’s correct. And as you enter your 60s, you’ll find that a new vocabulary starts to emerge when you talk about exercise. Words like “speed” and “huge gains” start to disappear, while words like “mobility” and “stability”—basic functions you need for a better quality of life well into old age—start to emerge.
In order to age well, I believe that, in addition to walking and stretching—and doing any sort of activities that will keep you on your feet, from gardening to playing golf—you need to partake in at least two to three days per week of basic strength training that targets your entire body. I’m talking about exercise moves that will make your muscles stronger, while also promoting better balance, posture, core strength, stability, and mobility.
In fact, I’d urge you to consider the following workout every day you do strength training. These are five movements that accomplish literally everything I just described. Just remember: Perform 3-4 sets of the following exercises, using the reps noted. And for some exercises to avoid, don’t miss this list of The Worst Exercises You Can Do After 60.