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Old 09-11-2018, 06:48 PM
 
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(Something else to worry about.)


Preventing Muscle Loss as We Age
By Jane Brody

It begins as early as age 40 and, without intervention, gets increasingly worse, with as much as half of muscle mass lost by age 70. (If youíre wondering, itís replaced by fat and fibrous tissue, making muscles resemble a well-marbled steak.)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/w...e-elderly.html
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Mmmmmmmm.....steak.....!

I'd read this when it came out - I was disappointed that it seemed to focus on the very oldest and weakest - clearly they are most at risk and can most use some remediation. But I'd more like to know what I can do in my 50's to maintain NOW. And suggestions on how far to go while keeping my risk of injury down.

But carrying 10 pounds? Going up one flight of stairs? It would be hard coming back from that low level of fitness.
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:51 AM
 
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Yoga works for me, keeps my muscles toned, gives me strength, and keeps me flexible. I'm in my late 60s.
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:55 AM
 
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I've done strengthening work all my life and at 80 I still use TheraBands for strengthening. I was down for some months with a staph infection in knee and that really set me back.
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Mmmmmmmm.....steak.....!

I'd read this when it came out - I was disappointed that it seemed to focus on the very oldest and weakest - clearly they are most at risk and can most use some remediation. But I'd more like to know what I can do in my 50's to maintain NOW. And suggestions on how far to go while keeping my risk of injury down.

But carrying 10 pounds? Going up one flight of stairs? It would be hard coming back from that low level of fitness.
Start lifting weights. Start with low weights and then increase them as you progress. Another thing to work on is balance. If you can strengthen your core and do balance exercises you will be able to stay on your feet. As older women falling and breaking a hip is a very hard thing to come back from.
If you do not have access to a gym you can find lots of exercises you can do at home on Youtube.
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Old 09-12-2018, 03:15 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Remember the old adage:

"Use it or lose it!"
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Old 09-12-2018, 07:36 PM
 
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(Something else to worry about.)


Preventing Muscle Loss as We Age
By Jane Brody

It begins as early as age 40 and, without intervention, gets increasingly worse, with as much as half of muscle mass lost by age 70. (If youíre wondering, itís replaced by fat and fibrous tissue, making muscles resemble a well-marbled steak.)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/w...e-elderly.html
You don't need intervention! Just don't sit 100 percent of your waking hours.

It is NOT normal or natural to lose muscle at that rate!
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:43 PM
 
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We are all gonna die anyway so who cares? You can only do what you feel able and have time to do, while still enjoying family, friends and wonderful things to eat, in moderation. Read Erma Bombeck's a column she wrote while fighting cancer.

If I had My Life to Live Over by Erma Bombeck
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:43 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Remember the old adage:

"Use it or lose it!"

Exactly.


Muscle is not "replaced" by anything as we age. If not stressed, muscle atrophies-- at any age. We tend to be less active as we age-- painful arthritis, retirement, etc and we exercise/work less.


One can keep muscle mass by routinely stressing the muscles and eating enough protein. The one caveat for those older people with too much enthusiasm is that you can't prevent the aging/weakening of the attachments of tendons to bones: you can evulse a tendon with too vigorous a movement.
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:39 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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We are all gonna die anyway so who cares? You can only do what you feel able and have time to do, while still enjoying family, friends and wonderful things to eat, in moderation. Read Erma Bombeck's a column she wrote while fighting cancer.

If I had My Life to Live Over by Erma Bombeck

I loved Erma Bombeck and I actually have that piece she wrote saved in a scrapbook.


Now back to the subject. I started back to the gym about 7 or 8 weeks ago because I had a serious illness & hospitalization in November of last year. I lost somewhere around 10-12 pounds which I did need to lose but saw the flab that remained and I felt so weak for months. I now go to the gym 3-4 times a week, use the treadmill for anywhere from 20-40 minutes with part of that time on a pretty high incline and then do another 30 minutes of weights. I don't want to wind up with a broken hip or need my children's help to get out of bed and I especially don't want to end my days in a nursing home if at all possible. I want to die on the treadmill or lifting weights in my 80's!
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