Most people understand the importance of protecting their hearts and brains as they age, but muscle health is often forgotten. This is a dangerous mistake, as good muscle health is crucial for our ability to remain healthy and independent with advancing age. Up to one-third of older adults are at
Tag: age related muscle loss
Q: I take some herbal supplements, but often wonder if they are safe and effective. How can I find out?
A: An excellent source for learning about herbs is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s (NCCIH) robust website called “Herbs at a Glance.” You can find it at nccih.nih.gov.
Many things affect our health. A few, such as age and genetics, we can’t control. However, lifestyle plays a major role, and we do have a say in that. Our diet—what we eat, not necessarily a weight-loss “diet”—along with stress, sleep, and physical activity, all affect how we feel today
Sarcopenia, the loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength, is a major problem as people age. It can lead to disability, osteoporosis, falls, hospital stays, and even death. Wondering how to prevent sarcopenia? Taking a few natural steps now can improve muscle health and help maintain autonomy and well-being into
Develop Stronger Muscles Without Weights
They’re portable, they’re inexpensive, and they provide more exercise options than any set of dumbbells could. Resistance exercise products also inspire proper form and control. How can all this happen with what are essentially glorified rubber bands?
Pulling on elastic automatically encourages you to slow down
How to Exercise Safely and Effectively
Elite athletes prepare their bodies for physical activity and so should you. While you could just head out the door and run full speed around the block, chances are your muscles, and especially your joints, might not be so happy afterwards. What you do before,
How long has it been since you changed your exercise routine?
a. Three months
b. Six months
c. One year
d. It’s been so long, you can’t remember
If your answer is a, b, c, or d, it’s probably time to re-evaluate and update your exercise program, especially the strength training component.
Why? Because the demands
What are meal replacement shakes? It’s exactly what it sounds like: a shake that is intended to replace an entire meal. Instead of eating a regular meal, you drink a shake. These shakes can be either premade or mixed up at home with ingredients of your choice. Shakes are convenient in that
Walking is the great democrat of exercise. It requires no special venue, no fancy equipment. Accessible to all, it stretches the limbs of both commoners and kings. Thomas Jefferson waxed sage about the virtues of hoofing it. “Walking is the best possible exercise,” he wrote to a friend in 1785.
What you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat all contribute to your overall health and well-being. The latest studies in nutritional science recommend that older adults consume an adequate amount of protein at each meal to offset the effects of age-related muscle loss and changes in the