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Resistance (Training) Isn’t Futile

August 6, 2013
Image credit: kathrynbudig.com

Image credit: kathrynbudig.com

Dr. Michael Murray believes that muscle loss is a major predictor of future physical disability and equally significant to osteoporosis in age-related health concerns. In fact, decreased musculature can cause poor balance and an increased risk for falls and fractures. Unfortunately, it may start sooner than you think.

Muscle mass increases in childhood and peaks during the late teens through the mid-to late 20s. After that, muscle mass slowly declines. From the age of 25 to 50 the decline in muscle mass is roughly 10%. In our 50s the rate of decline is slightly accelerated, but the real decline usually begins at 60 years. By the time a person reaches the age of 80 their muscle mass is a little more than half of what it was in their 20s—unless they take strong steps to fight it.

Luckily for us, weight bearing exercise like rigorous yoga postures can help to combat the loss, as well as strengthen our hearts and increase fat burn.

Click here for more information and tips on how to prevent age-related muscle loss.

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