THE PLAN CHOOSE QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Forget about smashing it five days a week. “Focus on performing exercises with good form and a full range of motion,” advises Leith. “And be careful not to rush.” Choose functional movements that will help you in your day-to-day life: weighted carries and lunges, for instance, rather than curls and leg extensions.
If you’re having trouble with your joints, modify your exercises – lower the tempo, or swap in pool sessions – but don’t skip training altogether. Maintaining your momentum will help you in the long term. A study of older adults by Boston University School of Public Health found that strength training reduced osteoarthritic pain by 35% and increased lower-limb strength by 33%. Ensure you’re built to last.