Eric Bishop, a fitness supervisor at Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness in Woodridge, wrote in the Edward-Elmhurst Health Driven Blog that in his 17 years in fitness, he has encountered people of all ages and abilities, and with that, different attitudes about aging.
He has often said to his clients that “the mind can tell the body how to feel, but it is often the body that tries to trick the mind into feeling something less than itself.”
Aging is a natural process that tends to begin at 30, accelerate at 50, and can triple in speed by 70. As we age, sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) can directly impact physical ability, posture, metabolism, body composition, balance and core strength, says the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Many individuals will face sarcopenia, but the rate at which they experience it is based on their physical exercise and fitness level.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and NASM, without exercise intervention, the average adult over age 50 will lose 6-8 pounds of muscle mass per decade while accruing an additional 2-3% body fat over a decade. However, those who strength train and perform compound exercises for all major muscle groups of the body will lose only about one-fourth of the same lean muscle mass with a negligible increase in body fat.
What does all this information mean? Having a structured strength training regimen, and making it the cornerstone of your exercise program, provides a myriad of benefits for both the mind and body. Read more