Muscle and strength loss, they come with aging but is there anything we can do to slow the process?

I want to help you combat a common and inevitable occurrence that happens as we age. Muscle and strength loss will happen as we get older but its up to us to be proactive in slowing and managing this loss in order to be able to stay active and do the things we love

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Exercise is good for us. Fact. Whether it’s a doctor, a friend, or a family member who has told us that we need to stay in shape, somehow we still manage to ask ourselves… “What’s the worst that could happen?”. Somehow we always think of an excuse that prevents us from doing the little things that add up. “I’ll go for that walk after dinner”, “I’m too tired after work”, or the most common excuse “I’ll start exercising tomorrow”. Here’s a spoiler – Tomorrow never comes. I understand, a full day of work is exhausting! There’s nothing you want more after a long day then to sit down on the couch and relax. It’s when we start to make this a daily occurrence, that it becomes a habit, and this can wreak havoc on your health. Muscle is something that everyone wants. Whether it’s for aesthetic reasons, or simply so that you can lift more weight than your buddies, it takes work. Muscle does much more then just that. It is what allows us to go out and spend time playing with our children. It’s what allows us to get up, go for a hike, and enjoy all the beautiful things around us. It’s what makes us able to go to the beach to swim and play with our friends. I’ve listed all these different activities that make us happy but what do they all have in common? They’re all in the present. They are all things that muscle helps us do right now. The thing is when we build muscle it helps us in so many more ways then just being happy right now. The muscle we gain now, determines how we live later. Let me explain. Sarcopenia. It’s a word that sounds like a nasty disease; but it’s happening to all of us right this very minute (well, if you’re over 30 anyhow). “From birth till about the age 30, our muscles and bones are getting larger and stronger” – (WebMD, 2016). For the next 10-20 years we’re slowly losing muscle mass, and then it really kicks in at age 50. You’re sitting there thinking “okay, great, so what happens once I turn 50?”. Well what happens next isn’t so great. According to a scientific journal created specifically on muscle wasting and sarcopenia (SCWD) we lose about 1-2% of our muscle mass per year, and 1.5% of our strength. That means that by the time we turn 60 we’ve lose 10-20% of our muscle, and 15% of our strength. Think it can’t get worse? Wrong. After we turn 60 we start losing 3% per year in both! With decrease muscle and decrease strength we increase our likelihood of falls and injuries. We are also unable to do some of the things that we love: like go for a hike with our friends! So what can you do?
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I want to help you live a high quality of life for as long as possible. One of the ways to combat Sarcopenia is through structured resistance training. If we can gain muscle now it will allow us a larger buffer for muscle loss as we age. Structured resistance training also slows the effect of sarcopenia allowing us to do all the things we love longer into the aging process! An hour of training a couple times a week is just enough to save you hours in combating injuries, sickness, and falls as you age. What a great investment in your health! Note: I realize I did go over my 500 word goal by 77 words but I couldn’t help it with such an interesting topic! I’m learning just like you guys!  Thanks for reading and I hope you learned a thing or two!                                                                                         Written by: Andrew Blakey, Owner of Your Future Fitness References: Haehling, S. V., Morley, J. E., & Anker, S. D. (2010, December). An overview of sarcopenia: Facts and numbers on prevalence and clinical impact. Retrieved May 17, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3060646/#!po=6.25000 Sarcopenia With Aging. (2006). Retrieved May 17, 2018, from https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/sarcopenia-with-aging#1 Andrew Blakey | Owner & Trainer | Your Future Fitness | 705 606 0374 | Facebook.com/YourFutureFitnessTraining
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