According to the American College of Sports Medicine there is overwhelming evidence supporting the health benefits of strength training (lifting weights). The American Heart Association also endorses strength training for reducing the risk of heart disease. According to Dr. Miriam Nelson, exercise scientist at Tufts University, “Muscle is the absolute center piece for being healthy, vital, and independent as we grow older.” Scientists used to think that losing muscle was a natural part of aging. We now know that inactivity (our lifestyle) contributes more to muscle loss than aging does. According to Andrew Weil, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Arizona, “You can start strength training and benefit from it at any age.” What most people don’t realize is that one workout per week has been shown to prevent the age-related loss of muscle and bone (sarcopenia). Just one workout per week can keep your body strong and functional – allowing you to live life on your terms. Therefore the older you get the more important it is to strength train on a regular basis.