Muscle & Protein: Keys For Healthy Aging

Want to age gracefully? Time to start lifting weights! Image courtesy of Feelart and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Want to age gracefully? Time to start lifting weights! Image courtesy of Feelart and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Want to be healthy as you age? Build muscle strength and eat more protein. Muscle helps your metabolism, burns fat and improves resiliency to the stressors of aging. As we age, the decline in muscles means we’ll become frail, have a greater chance of falling, hospitalization and some type of assisted living.

We tend to lose muscle as we age. Why? Mostly because we become less active as we get older. But it’s not just exercising we’re lacking as we age. Roughly 41% of women and 35% of men age 50+ eat less protein than the recommended daily allowance (RDA). And keep in mind the RDA is the bare minimum. How can you maintain muscle mass, much less build it if you don’t even eat your daily bare minimum? Read More