Muscle building for seniors
There are many advantages to staying active, but more so for seniors! An analysis of survey data published in the “Journal of the American Geriatric Society” indicates that 45 percent of male participants age 60 and older showed signs of moderate sarcopenia, or loss of muscle mass. The good news is that lifestyle changes can help increase your muscle mass and strength, improving the quality of your life — and allowing you to keep doing the things you enjoy as you get older. The American College of Sports Medicine now recommends weight training for all people over 50, and even people well into their 90s can benefit. A group of nursing home residents ranging in age from 87 to 96 improved their muscle strength by almost 180 percent after just eight weeks of weight lifting, also known as strength training. Adding that much strength is almost like rolling back the clock. Even frail elderly people find their balance improves, their walking pace quickens, and stairs become less of a challenge.
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