Age related muscle loss – Sarcopenia

SarcopeniaLosing muscle through inactivity does not only affect the elderly!

From the time you are born to around the time you turn 30, your muscles grow larger and stronger. But at some point in your 30s, you begin to lose muscle mass and function, a condition known as age-related sarcopenia. People who are physically inactive can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass per decade after age 30. Even if you are active, you will still experience some muscle loss.

Symptoms of muscle loss include musculoskeletal weakness and loss of stamina, which can interfere with physical activity. Reduced physical activity, in turn, further reduces muscle mass.

There has been a lot of research on sarcopenia over the years showing varying results. Despite the varying results all researchers agree that the primary treatment for sarcopenia is exercise. Resistance training or strength training has been shown to be useful for both the prevention and treatment of sarcopenia.

If you, your parents or another ‘ageing’ family member or friend has started showing signs sarcopenia it is not the end of the world. Research has also shown that strength training can start showing benefits in as little has two weeks.

Engaging a REPs registered personal trainer to put together a training program for you is the safest way to go. If you have any questions, please drop me a line or give me a call.