Time will come that you won’t be able to do even the simple everyday tasks without healthy and functioning muscles. From bending over to tie your shoe laces, to bouncing your grandchild on your knee, your muscles play an important role in maintaining your body’s physical abilities in letting you enjoy life.
The secret to keeping your body at its best, even as you age, is doing something every day to remain physically active.
Here are some fascinating facts about your muscles that you probably didn’t know:
- Light resistance training can lead to an increase of 50% muscle strength for an adult over the age of 65.21
A study on machine-based resistance training has found significant physical benefits for those aged over 65.22 There’s also the additional benefit of decreasing the risk of disease in later life.
- Muscles grow while you sleep.
When we’re in deep sleep mode, all the muscles that we put to work can relax and blood flow to the muscles increases. Certain hormones are also released during sleep that contribute to the repair and restoration of tissues, which is crucial for new muscle formation.
- Adults can lose up to 33% 3,4 muscle mass from age 40 to 70+.
At the age of 40, most adult men and women start losing muscle mass progressively. As a result, we can experience lower muscle strength, weaker bones, mobility problems and decreased activity levels, just to name a few.
- Loss of muscle mass is strongly linked to chronic illnesses such as diabetes.23
If left untreated, it can lead to the loss of physical function and independence.
The good news is you can rewrite the future of your physiology! By fueling your muscles with the right exercise and nutrition, you can enjoy everyday strength, so you can live your best life and enjoy your time with your loved ones.
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