Vibrant Aging Overview

Much of what is considered to be typical aging is actually the result of a lifelong accumulation of inactivity and poor nutrition.  Loss of muscle mass and strength, decreased flexibility and decrements in balance are examples of these age-related changes.  Beginning in their mid-thirties, women lose approximately one third of a pound of muscle each year and gain that much in body fat even if their weight remains the same.  This translates to a loss of 2% of their muscle strength each year.

Our research at Tufts University has demonstrated that strength training can reverse many of these physical changes associated with growing older.  My colleagues and I published the results of one important strength training study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  We found that after a year of strength training twice a week, older women’s bodies were 15 to 20 years younger.  The women who participated in our program regained bone and muscle while losing fat.  They became stronger – in most cases even stronger than when they were young.  These women were so energized that they became significantly more active and began participating in activities such as ballroom dancing, canoeing and shoveling in the garden. This research and more is described in Strong Women Stay Young (Bantam Books, April 2000).

Vibrant Aging is an easy to follow strength training program that can be done just two days a week.  This program has helped many women who have never lifted weights before to get started and to become stronger, more trim, and to feel better about themselves. Read their motivating Success Stories and get started on the Vibrant Aging program right now!

Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.

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