The good news is – you can regain muscle mass even if you are middle-aged or older. In his studies at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Professor Dr. Marcas Bammam found that men and women in their 60s and 70s who began supervised weight training programs developed muscles that were as large and strong as your average 40-year old.
The bad news – the process of bulking up works differently in older people than in the young. Skeletal muscles are composed of various types of fibers. Sedentary adults can lose 30 to 40 percent of the total number of fibers in their muscles by the time they are 55 (some die, some remain alive but shrink and atropy with age).
To overcome this loss of fibers, older adults need to work harder and more consistently than younger adults to keep their muscles toned. You also need to push your muscles until they are exhausted. This will initiate the biochemical processes that lead to larger, stronger fibers.
Recipe of the Week:
Revisiting some of my favorite recipes lately. This Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe is always a crowd pleaser and perfect for you holiday gatherings.
Quote of the Week:
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.