You’ve heard that strength training is one of the best steps you can take to avoid age-related muscle loss. You want to get started with weightlifting — or to urge a parent or senior loved one to — but it’s intimidating. People get injured lifting weights if they don’t know what they’re doing, and injuries become a much bigger deal as you age. Strength training has results for seniors beyond just combating muscle loss. “Weight lifting, particularly for the female population (postmenopausal) can be extremely beneficial to combat bone density loss,” says Dr. Bianca Beldini of the Sundala Center for Wellness. For men, it can help combat testosterone decline. “Lifting weights can help to stimulate the release of testosterone, thus decreasing bone loss in men as they age,” she explains.