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"A new start after 60: ‘I was sick, tired and had lost myself – until I began lifting weights at 71’" - The Guardian. 07/23/2021
Mark D Peterson of the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA), was quoted in an article in The Guardian highlighting the benefits of weightlifting and exercise for senior health.
“There is a misconception that people over 65 cannot produce hypertrophy [growth] of the muscle,” says Peterson, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan. “Muscle is a tissue that can adapt with stimulus.” The key is to check with a doctor first, and start slowly.
The article features Joan Macdonald who faced growing health problems before she began lifting weights, shattering preconceptions about what’s possible in your eighth decade.