Fitness treads are beginning to break away the sigma of what we can and can’t do because of our age. In fact, the amount of literature out there and study’s being done on the importance of exercising as we get older is astounding. Once turning 30, both male and females, (higher percentages in females) loss 3 to 5% of muscle mass every decade. Sarcopenia is the main culprit in a plethora of metabolic disease, like decreased insulin, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults.
There are many reason for Sarcopenia, the first, yo-yo dieting. When regaining weight after a failed diet increases fat cells and decreases muscle mass. Reduction of nerve signals to the brain telling the muscles to move. This can be perceived as laziness, however if our nerves are not talking we are not walking. Decrease testosterone and estrogen, especially in women after menopause increases belly fat and decrease regulation of other hormones like insulin. Lastly, as we get older we have difficulty converting protein into energy, this is from not eating enough protein and calories. This is most likely from a decreased appetite from lack of movement. Really it is one big nasty cycle.
There are 10 key ways that we can do to improve this condition.
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.