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80-Year Olds With 40-Year Old Muscle Mass - What's Going On?

80-Year Olds With 40-Year Old Muscle Mass - What's Going On?

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  • Around the age of 40, most people begin to lose about eight percent of their muscle mass per decade. But research has shown this is not an inevitable effect of aging itself—it is the result of inactivity
  • In one recent study, competitive athletes in their 70’s and 80’s were found to have almost as much thigh muscle mass as athletes in their 40s, indicating that muscle deterioration can be halted as long as you maintain an exercise program
  • An animal study from last year discovered that elderly sedentary rats put on a running program developed new stem cells known to repair and build muscle tissue after 13 weeks of exercise
  • Ideally your fitness program should include a comprehensive range of exercises, including balance-training activities, and exercises to improve your strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness and human growth hormone production

By Dr. Mercola

Increasing physical frailty as you age is commonly accepted as "a fact of life."

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