Strength Training And Aging
According to the World Health Organisation,
1 in 4 adults aren’t moving enough.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle leads to muscle atrophy. It is the medical term that describes the process of your muscles wasting away. When your muscles aren’t exercised to their full capacity, they begin to break down.
When your body begins to lose muscle, your metabolism slows and you begin to gain weight. Increased body fat eats away at testosterone, and it can be a vicious cycle. Low testosterone causes depression, lethargy, and fatigue that can keep you from exercising to lose fat and build muscle.
After age 30, you begin to lose as much as 3% to 5% per decade. Most of us will lose about 30% of their muscle mass during their lifetimes.
As we all know, Singapore is an aging population and this statistic does not bode well for us. Yes, modern advancement in medical technology has increased our average lifespan but that does not necessarily mean our quality of life will not be compromised.
Muscle atrophy also leads to a decrease in bone mass. As bones grow more fragile and susceptible to fracture, they are more likely to break after even a minor fall or a far less obvious stress, such as bending over to tie a shoelace.
In Singapore, osteoporotic hip fractures in women over the age of 50 is currently the highest in Asia.
HOW DO I PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS?
A well designed strength training regiment can have a tremendous impact on bone, increasing density, size, and mechanical strength and is one of the major factor to preventing these health complications as mentioned before.
Here at The Strength Yard, we teach you how to master functional compound movements to get stronger and faster in a safe and efficient manner. Our Progressive Strength Classes are suitable for people of all ages and gender. We even have a seniors specific program so its never too late to start.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Shouldn’t all of us start taking charge of our lives so we can enjoy our golden years?
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1. World Population Prospects: The Population Database. United Nations Population Division
2. Internaional Osteoporosis Foundation – Singapore regional audit