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Sarcopenia: Not As Painful As It Sounds

sounds painful and will affect you, but do you know what it is? It is the inevitable age-related muscle loss and it starts in your thirties. Sarcopenia sounds quite sinister, but it is just one of those parts of aging that you really don't think about until it is happening to you. Here's why you should start thinking about it: The less lean muscle you have means you burn fewer calories and store more of those calories as fat. And no one wants that.

So take action now and avoid losing valuable, metabolism-boosting lean muscles. To prevent this loss of muscle you need to do strength training at least twice a week. You need to work the muscles of your back, shoulders, arms, and thighs. Plus, strength training is important for losing weight as well as in maintaining your weight. If you are trying to lose weight and find yourself hanging out on the dreaded plateau, add weight training to your plan to give your metabolism a boost.


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chanachana chanachana 9 years
i agree - cleaning is good exercise and a stress reliever in my opinion. it probably makes you healthier too since there's less dust?
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
Hey, it's possible to keep your muscle mass. My 81-year-old grandmother is only a little less muscular than that. Her secret? Cleaning the whole house every single day whether it needs it or not. OCD or genius workout technique? You decide!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I love working out with weights, which is good since I'm 30. My arms aren't nearly as ripped as those in the photo, but it is nice to have visible muscles.
moonlite moonlite 9 years
Wow...I wish my body looked like hers. Although now that I've started weight training maybe it will one day...
alibella alibella 9 years
I love when I see the little old ladies at the gym on the weight machines, its very inspiring!
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
i need to start workign out again ,...i've been in a slump :( i think i need a motivational partener! lol
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Good! That's why I work out now when I'm only 20 :P
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I don't want arms quite that ripped.
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I think my arms would flex like that if I was holding ten pound weights too. :-P I'm glad that I didn't listen to those who told me lifting weights is bad. At the rate I'm going I'll be set! :-)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Cool, so it's a good thing that I'm doing my strength training then. I have arms like that...MUSCULAR! I don't want to lose muscle mass in my 30's, so I figure if I work out and keep lifting weights, I should be good.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
lol thats the exact same thing i just thought.. wow she is ripped
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Noted. And wow she is ripped!
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