Here we are with another tip for how to stay young. You know how some old people move slowly? The reason why they move slow is because their fast twitch muscle fibers have deteriorated. Let me back up. You have two types of muscle fibers slow twitch and fast twitch. The fast twitch fibers age and deteriorate first. But you can prevent this by lifting weights in a certain way. Lifting heavy weights slows the aging of your fast twitch muscle fibers. The type of weightlifting you need to do to favor your fast twitch fibers is to use heavy weights for few reps. So you will need to choose a weight that is so heavy you couldn’t do more than 4 to 8 repetitions. Now many of you have probably used the little light weights – like 2 to 5 pounds for many many reps. Or maybe you’ve even taken them with you while you’re walking and you lift the whole time. But lifting lighter weights and doing high reps develops slow twitch muscle fibers. That’s good also, of course, but it won’t help you keep your speed. Some of you at this point might be worried about bulking up by lifting heavy. The people who get those very big bulky muscles have to work very hard at it and they take a lot of supplements. I promise you you won’t bulk up with this. Naturally, I recommend lifting for your whole body, but if you’re trying to do the bare minimum, I would focus on the lower body and that is to aid your walking speed. If you want to do it fully be sure to lift for all of your major muscle groups; glutes, quads, hamstrings, calves, biceps, triceps and shoulders. Now using equipment at the gym is the safest way because the machines will help you keep your movements more correct. The gym will also have weights heavy enough to do what you need. As you might imagine it takes a heavy weight to fatigue your legs in 4 to 8 reps! Working with a trainer or your physical therapist to get a program prescribed for you can also keep you safe. For best results, lift weights three times a week, but even if you can only do it one day a week you’ll still see improvements in strength and balance. So go get ’em! And remember lift heavy!! If you would like more tips on how to stay young be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube, Like us on Facebook or check out our website.