Though the idea may seem strange or even a bit aggressive, it’s a good idea for senior citizens to spend some time in the weight room. Recent studies show that resistance training can benefit older adults in daily activities, such as fixing dinner or climbing stairs.

Progressive Resistance Training (PRT), if performed two or three times a week at a higher intensity, can help seniors regain muscle strength. Older adults can get in a little PRT by using free weights, elastic bands, or exercise machines. As strength is built, the resistance must increase to maintain muscle strength.

Senior citizens that include PRT as part of their weekly routine showed improvement in activities that were once difficult, such as getting up from a chair or out of the bathtub. There was also improvement in pain from conditions like osteoarthritis.

With any fitness routine, though, it is important to consult your doctor to see what’s right for you. Only a medical professional can assess your health history and advise you properly in this endeavor.