Age-related muscle loss is natural process called “sarcopenia” that takes place as your anabolic hormones decrease with age. As a result of this sarcopenia is linked with increased risk of osteoporosis, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. After the age of 40, the average “inactive” male will lose 90g of lean muscle mass every year which is a greater loss than women. Research shows that around the age of 40, the first decline in strength is in your forearms, but the greatest overall loss of strength is in the muscles of the lower legs. To keep things simple as you age, strong legs means good health.
“All my clients over the age of 40 and as old as 76 years still perform strength-based exercises in order to train the muscles, heart and lungs. More importantly to stimulate that mind-muscle connection to keep the engine fired up.”
“When training with age, always choose more sets over more reps. This reduces the risk of injury whilst increasing volume of training. 5 sets of 8 reps beats 3 sets of 20 reps.”
Thanks for reading my blog and stay strong!
Healthy regards, Jake Wood.