Every decade after we hit 30 years old, we can all lose up to 8 % of muscle mass, by the time we are 80 we could have lost up to 40% of our muscle strength. There is a simple answer which takes a little time but is very effective. Exercise.
Muscle weakness can have a life changing impact as we increase in age, as a loss of strength reduces our balance. A fall can be a disaster for some older people as can lead to a broken bone and further muscle weakness, it can lead to a stay in hospital and a further reduction in the ability to be independent.
Muscle weakness also reduces our ability to do simple everyday activities, such as get in and out of a chair, climb the stairs, get in and out of the bath. Often people start to reduce how often they do these things as they are such an effort, but that leads to even more weakness.
The good news is there is an answer, we should all carry out strength exercises at least twice a week and this will not only maintain our muscle power BUT if you keep building up how hard you work you will reverse muscle power changes.
The video attached has been created by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy explaining a set of exercises that will help people get started – visit this link to get some tips to print and keep.
If these exercises don’t meet your needs please get in touch or contact one of the personal trainers you will find listed on our partners page. We will all be more than happy help you reverse any muscle weakness and keep you active. Don’t let muscle weakness impact your independence.
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