Losing muscle mass is naturally part of the ageing process but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Lifting at any age has its benefits, but after 50 – its life changing.
Lifting weights could extend and enhance your life.
New research has told us that as long as we keep challenging our muscles we can hang onto or even increase our muscle mass, well into old age.
Muscle mass peaks at the age of 30, after which you start gradually losing more than creating.
Between the ages of 50 – 60, muscle loss accelerates. One of the ways that older people die is from a lack of muscle mass. There is not enough muscle mass or enough function in that to be able to not fall over or to be able to look after themselves, i.e. to stand up independently if they were to fall on the ground.
Low muscle mass is starting to be seen as a predictor of mortality in the elderly. But even when we are young, our muscle mass does a lot more than just keep us mechanically functional.
Your muscle is your metabolic powerhouse, it’s how you dispose of the glucose you eat and handle all of the metabolism. It’s what burns most of the calories in your body. Being metabolically, functionally healthy, you’ve got much better ability to be able to keep all those things in your bloodstream in the normal levels and not having them outside normal level
(The Sickness-Wellness-Fitness Continuum and doing damage to different parts of your body.
The aim is to get people to retain a bit more muscle, they’re going to be metabolically in a much better position and are less likely to attain Chronic Diseases such as Diabetes, Dementia, Obesity, Arthritis and Heart Disease will have much stronger bones and less likely obtain osteoporosis.