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Do You Get Weaker As You Age?

Do You Get Weaker As You Age?

A common question asked is Do You Get Weaker As You Age? and while we might be led to believe we do, that’s actually not the case at all. As we age, maintaining our physical strength and mobility becomes increasingly important.

Many individuals associate muscle loss with getting older, assuming it is an inevitable part of the aging process. However, research has shown that regular exercise can significantly slow down and even reverse muscle loss, allowing individuals to retain muscle mass and strength well into their later years.

So much was the world convinced we got weaker as we aged they gave the myth a medical name, sarcopenia which allegedly started once an individual turned 30. From the age of 30 onwards you get weaker as your body ages.

However, what we now know is that this is not the case as scientists now believe the true cause of Sarcopenia is inactivity. Which I kind of agree with as I am fast approaching my 40s and am stronger and fitter than I have ever been.

I will also be participating at the I Compete Natural Body Building competition this year in October, a first for me and something I didn’t really see myself doing in my older years. Yet here I am.

I Found the Fountain of Youth

People have asked if I find it harder to put on muscle and lose weight. To be completely honest I have found it easier now than ever. It is easier to manage self control than what it used to be. That youthful “This is boring” feeling has left. I once used to hate running on a treadmill or in general but all that is easier also.

You enjoy all these things a lot more as you get older, because you know that there are many out there your age that can’t. It’s also a lot of fun not running out of energy with the kids.

What I have found is regular resistance training is one of the most effective ways to combat age-related muscle loss. It involves engaging in activities that challenge your muscles through resistance, such as weightlifting, resistance bands, or bodyweight exercises.

Resistance training stimulates muscle growth and strengthens existing muscle fibers, resulting in increased muscle mass and improved strength. It also helps to enhance bone density, further reducing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.

While resistance training takes center stage for muscle retention. Cardiovascular exercise plays a vital supporting role in maintaining overall fitness and health. Regular aerobic activities, such as brisk walking, swimming, or cycling, enhance cardiovascular health, increase endurance, and support overall well-being. Cardiovascular exercise also aids in weight management, which can indirectly benefit muscle preservation by reducing excessive stress on joints and tissues.

Consistency and Healthy Choices

Consistency and progressive overload are essential principles in maintaining and building muscle mass. Aim to incorporate resistance training exercises at least two to three times a week, gradually increasing the intensity and resistance over time. Listen to your body and consult with a fitness professional to design a personalized exercise plan that suits your needs and abilities.

Exercise alone is not enough to retain muscle mass; proper nutrition plays a crucial role as well. Ensure your diet includes adequate protein to support muscle repair and growth. Incorporate lean protein sources such as poultry, fish, legumes, and dairy products into your meals. Additionally, consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats to provide the necessary nutrients for optimal muscle function. I also use more dietary supplements now then I did when I was younger which has led me to develop my own range of products.

Aging doesn’t have to mean resigning yourself to muscle loss and decreased strength. By incorporating regular exercise into your lifestyle, particularly resistance training, you can slow down the effects of sarcopenia and retain muscle mass. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified fitness professional before starting any exercise program, especially if you have any underlying health conditions. Embrace the power of exercise, and enjoy the countless benefits it offers for both your body and mind as you age gracefully.

Thank you for reading Do You Get Weaker As You Age?. If you’re looking for ways to lose weight I’d recommend reading CALORIE BALANCE: UNDERSTANDING THE KEY TO WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

As a caring and hands on dad, Simon devotes himself to his family, career and health.

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