“Muscle is the absolute centerpiece for being healthy, vital and independent as we grow older,” says Miriam Nelson, director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston.
Muscles are what keep us moving and strong. They are also the calorie burning engines of our body. So, having more muscle means we burn more calories, 24 hours a day.
Most people lose 1/4 – 1/2 a pound of muscle per year after the age of 30 and about 1 pound per year after the age of 50. This is called sarcopenia. The diagram to the left shows two women that have the same BMI (Body Mass Index). Even though the size of their thigh circumference is the same, what is under their skin is quite different. The dark area represents the muscle and the lighter surrounding areas represent the fat and skin.
When sarcopenia happens, less calories are required and burned (because of a decrease in lean muscle mass) and typically fat is gained as a result. When people lose muscle, they lose strength. A loss of strength makes all movements and activities more difficult, as well as creating less support of your joints, leading to aches and pains.
The only way to stop and even reverse this process is to build muscle. The only way to build muscle is to strength train.
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