INCREASE YOUR METABOLISM
Strength-training exercises can raise the metabolic rate by about 30-50 calories per day. Over a three-month period, appropriate training will produce about 1.4 kg (3 lb) of muscle, which will boost your resting metabolic rate by about 7%.
WEIGHT TRAIN FOR BONE STRENGTH
Using free weights a couple of times a week for all-over strength training will significantly increase bone-mineral density in the spine, helping to stop vertebrae collapsing and decreasing your chances of losing height.
Interaction with others keeps the brain active.
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Do not just sit around and binge watch Netflix or Amazon Prime. Sure, we all need downtime. Just not all of the time. Of course, there are other ways to give meaning to our lives (young or old): start a new hobby, learn to play the piano, or violin. Why not a banjo or horn or tuba? And practice at the kids’ houses. Payback. And what better way to tax your brain than to learn a new language? Or learn to play chess? Even if you play like I do, the brain cells and concentration it takes to decipher moves is much better than sitting and staring at a TV. Besides, at this point in our lives, we have much more time to practice and have the time to do whatever we want. Hey, you Millennials, do not be jealous! You will be stepping into our shoes sooner than you realize.