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Keeping Your Muscle Mass into Older Years

If you've got a whole lot of shakin' going on, but you're not on the dance floor, it may be time to beef up your muscles.
If you've got a whole lot of shakin' going on, but you're not on the dance floor, it may be time to beef up your muscles.

We don't have to lose muscle mass as we age.
With a little effort, we can keep our muscles strong and firm as the years go by.

If you want a strong, toned body as you age don't skip the strength training.
Dr. Michael Roizen at Cleveland Clinic says, "You can maintain your muscle mass at the same mass you had at age 20 all the way to at least age 85."

And you don't have to spend hours and hours at the gym. One weight lifting session a week will do.
"We all need to do it about 30 minutes a week, that's all it takes - 30 minutes to maintain our muscle mass," Dr. Roizen says.

And you can strength train with machines, free weights, or by using your body as your gym as with push ups or pullups.

As you might guess, eating a healthy diet is also good for our muscles and...
"If you have some of what we call healthy protein right after each of the resistance training sessions that you do, it seems to provide those muscles with extra strength or extra building power," recommends Dr. Roizen.

Also important for building muscle is cutting down on stress.
"Stress decreases the ability to build protein and it decreases your muscle mass."

When we have more muscle, we burn more calories, yet another reason to pump a little iron well into your golden years.


(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)

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