As you age the chances are you’ll experience age-related muscle loss, resulting in sarcopenia, a syndrome that causes the gradual loss of your bone and muscle.
Fortunately, you can prevent its harmful consequences through building muscle mass, which is achievable no matter your age. Regularly exercising maintains overall good health, stability, and bone density into old age, meaning muscle wasting is preventable.
The goal is to develop a balance to produce more muscle protein than what you break down, which can be possible with as little as 40 minutes of strength training twice per week.
Building muscle after 50 is challenging, as muscle degrades faster with age.
And it’s a good idea to check with a fitness coach before the start of any training to avoid potential injuries. You want to ensure your form is correct and that you’re not lifting more weight than you can handle.
Rocco Pascale from the EFM team was recently interviewed on Adelaide’s 5AA about all things fitness over 50. You can listen to the interview below!