What is the best anti-aging exercise? Some researchers say it is weight lifting.
Researchers recently studied people over the age of 90 who lifted weights twice a week and found that the seniors gained muscle mass while improving strength and power. People in the study who couldn't stand up or get out of a chair could walk by the end of the three-month study.
83 year old Phyllis Solee is proof that weight lifting works. She hits the weights at the Sanford Power Center in Fargo twice a week and it's proving to be a great anti-aging tool.
Brett Beil trains Phyllis, he says, "nobody here would guess that she is the age that she is." He says people stop to marvel at the high level she is performing.
Phyllis is a life-long fitness person, but really stepped up her game after she suffered a stroke in 2006. She says her alternative was being in an assisted living facility and she didn't want to do that. 7 years later -- she is definitely holding her own at the gym.
Phyllis says she hates thinking about the fact that she is 83, and adds, "I would really like to ask people what age they think I am and leave it at that."
Phyllis is not only maintaining, but adding to her strength. Brett says she can often go up in weight. Plus, Phyllis has a lot to brag about. She can plank for three plus minutes, which beats people a fraction of her age.