We all have moments where we wish we could turn back time, particularly with how we look or feel.
As we age, our bodies undergo change, and at some point in our 40s, we start to lose muscle mass and function. People who are physically very inactive can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass during each decade after 40. Even if you are active, you’ll still have some muscle loss.
Can older people build muscle?
The good news is, it’s never too late to begin regaining some of that all-important muscle mass and functionality. It’s very important for a number of reasons, particularly for older people.
- Muscles help keep metabolic systems ticking along
- Older people experience problems with their mobility and balance through the loss of muscle mass.
- Maintaining muscle mass helps protect against metabolic and hormonal decline, as well as obesity, diabetes and heart problems
- Cognitive function is enhanced through weight-related exercise
- Using weights can help slow the aging process
Muscles can be re-strengthened even at an advanced age with the appropriate diet and exercise. When people say, “I’m too old to start with weights,” they’re completely wrong! Even elderly people benefit from lifting weights, not only feeling better in their physical health but their overall sense of well-being.
If you’re interested in beginning to lift weights, it’s best to start small and slowly, then gradually build up when you feel comfortable to do so. At NC Fitness, you’ll discover the best range at the best prices, from functional fitness equipment, including kettlebells to professional weight plates and accessories. We can help you with any of your needs, whether you’re a beginner or a pro and no matter your age.
So there you have it: it’s possible to turn back time after all, and you don’t even need a time machine or DeLorean! Remember, before starting any new fitness regime, talk to your healthcare professional or GP first.