Secrets to Staying Strong After 50

Years ago, it was called weight lifting, and associated with body builders and muscle-bound athletes.

Today, “strength training” is the popular term, and it’s regarded as an essential component of fitness for everyone, but there are lingering myths that stop many people over 50 from reaping the benefits.

“Older folks often feel that strength training is more harmful than helpful,” says Wayne Westcott, a leading expert and prolific researcher on the subject.

Westcott is a professor of exercise science at Quincy College in Massachusetts and author of more than 400 articles and 26 books on the subject, most recently Strength Training Past 50.

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