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Sarcopenia – Why Muscle Matters


Sarcopenia, or the decline of skeletal muscle tissue with age, is one of the most important causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults.

Sarcopenia is increasingly defined by both loss of muscle mass and loss of muscle function or strength. 

Symptoms can include weakness and loss of stamina which can interfere with physical activity. Reduced activity can further reduce muscle mass.So what is the right kind of training? That depends on your fitness and health goals. 

Preferably three sessions a week is ideal and the most important thing is intensity and progression–meaning increasing the amount of weight you are lifting once it stops feeling hard to lift.

Reasons Muscle Matters:

1). Enhances your level of functional fitness: Your muscles play a key role in determining whether you can perform the activities of daily living at home, work, and play, such as carrying groceries, getting out of a chair, pulling open a door, or lifting small children. Accordingly, the higher your level of muscular fitness, the more likely you will be able to perform the tasks in your life without undue fatigue or risk of injury. Strength training enhances the ability to successfully perform the daily tasks associated with independent living. Proper strength training can have an invaluable impact on helping you maintain your independence and personal dignity.    

2). Promotes bone health: Strength training not only makes your muscles stronger, it also makes your bones stronger. Performed over an extended time, strength training has been found to increase bone density. Our strong bones help our skeletal system, which supports our structure and helps with our movement.    

3). Helps treat and prevent lower back pain: Proper strength training can help reduce the incidence and severity of lower back pain by strengthening both your abdominal and lower back muscles (the core). By enhancing your postural stability, keeping these muscles strong will help prevent extra load from being placed on your spine.    

4). Reduces your chances of sustaining both muscular and skeletal injuries: It is estimated that a significant number of various injuries that occur could be prevented through a higher level of muscular fitness.    

5). Improves psychological well-being: Strength training has been found to have a positive impact on your level of anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. Strength training can have meaningful effects on the various facets of the mind-body connection.

Stay happy & healthy & confident always!