Research from the field of exercise science has shown that we tend to lose roughly half a pound or more of muscle each year starting around the third to fourth decade of life depending on activity level. This may not sound like much to you but after a decade your down five pounds or more of metabolically active muscle tissue. In order to prevent this from happening you need to perform progressive strength training on a regular basis 2-3 times each week for the rest of your life!
Research from the University of Michigan Medical School has shown that through regular strength training, over a five month period, subjects were able to add 2.5 lbs. of lean muscle mass. The meta-analysis looked at 39 different strength training studies than included more than 1,300 individuals who were age 50 or older.
Let me ask you a question. If you knew you were losing muscle mass as you age and that this negtively effected your balance and overall functionality and that a magic pill – strength training – would prevent this from happening…would you give it a try?
Source: NPR Health, Seniors Can Still Bulk Up On Muscle By Pressing Iron, by Patti Neighmond.
Yes, Resistance Training Can Reverse the Aging Process, Len Kravitz, PhD