Muscle loss begins long before you reach retirement age. People who fall into a sedentary lifestyle can see their muscle loss decrease by as much as 3% to 5% each decade after the age of 30. That’s surprising to many!
Why is preventing muscle loss so important, especially for older adults?
While staying strong helps you remain independent, there’s more to it than being able to carry your own grocery bags and romp in the yard with the grandkids. Muscle mass is also vital for maintaining core strength, which is critical for preventing falls.
Then there is the link between muscle mass and metabolic syndrome, which is an indicator for heart disease. Research shows that an increase in skeletal muscle mass over time may prevent the development of metabolic syndrome.
If you are a senior or the adult child of an aging loved one, we have a few suggestions for building and maintaining stronger muscles.
As you should before beginning any new type of exercise program, check in with your primary care physician before getting started.
One device that can give you and your loved one’s peace of mind is a mobile medical alert system. If you do experience a fall or other emergency, you can call for help with the push of a button. Call 1-844-203-5617 today to learn more!