Resistance training is linked to heightened positive motivational state and lower negative affect among healthy women aged 65-70.

J Women Aging 2018 Sep-Oct;30(5):366-381. Epub 2017 Apr 4.

a School of Health Sciences, Örebro University , Örebro , Sweden.

Resistance training (RT) improves overall health, but the psychological effects of RT in healthy old adults have not been tested. The aim of this study was to investigate a sample of 65-70-year-old healthy and physically active women to assess their sense of coherence, health-related quality of life, hope, and affect, before and after taking part in a 24-week RT intervention (N = 14), compared to controls (N = 18). Findings showed a significant increase in hope (p = 0.013) and a significant decrease in negative affect (p = 0.002). Starting RT after age 65 does not appear to negatively impact on women's psychological health but seems to be associated with important psychological health benefits.

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January 2019
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