Originally Posted by carolr3639
I'm nearly 60 yr. old but would like to lift weights.
Nah...you're nearly 60 yr. old and
would like to lift weights.
Resistance bands are an option for strength training. However since you asked specifically about lifting weights you may be interested in this site as a beginner.
This site addresses many of the questions and interests women may have about beginning a lifting program. This is where I first became introduced into strength training. I also like to access ExRx.com This site provides exercises as well as direction for printed material as well.
For further variety in lifting/strength training and just exercise in general I like Train with Me Online. A nice mix of weights/bands/bodyweight/and swiss ball ideas.
Books. Wow, there are a lot of really great ones new as well as those that have been around a while. Most recently many of us have read and implemented "The New Rules of Lifting for Women" otherwise known as "How to lift like a Man Look Like a Goddess"
You may wish to check your local library to see if they have a copy. "Body of Life" is another good one I have read as well is "Sculpting Her Body Perfect."
One of the things you will want to do as you begin to lift is to incorporate a good routine for your abs, obliques, and hips flexors. You will be relying upon a strong core or trunk in order to effectively manipulate those weights. Don't worry, lifting in and of itself will also encourage you to stabilize your core and after a while it will be automatic.
Even though you may not want to drive to a gym everyday I would still suggest hiring a personal trainer for a few sessions just to get you started. Developing good form is one of the most important keys to getting the most that strength training has to offer as well as preventing any kind of injury. He or she will also be able to assess your current level of fitness and assist in developing goals for both short and long term based upon your current and desired level of fitness. Just call and see if you can set up time for maybe three or four sessions to get you started. Make a list for the personal trainer of what you would like to accomplish as well as any specific lifts or exercises that interest you from the websites or books you have researched.
Good luck with your new hobby and let us know how we can help you along.