What is Muscle Atrophy?

What is Sarcopenia

Your muscles will naturally atrophy as you get older. Get in front of it with regular exercise. | Strong Words for Grace Brown Fitness London

Sarcopenia, also known as Muscle Atrophy or Muscle Wasting, is the natural loss of muscle mass as you age.

As you age, the body’s ability to build muscle declines.

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) says Sarcopenia “tends to start at the age of 40 and progresses more rapidly after the age of 75” at a rate of 3-5% per year.

Loss of muscle mass in advanced age can hinder your ability to do everyday tasks. With reduced strength comes reduced balance. Imagine all the things can be affected: walking, getting up and down from beds or chairs, stairs, lifting objects.

How do we fortify ourselves against muscle atrophy?

Get moving

Be active, make resistance training part of your program and build your strength.

Not getting enough exercise and living a sedentary life means you’ll be losing muscle mass when you don’t have much to begin with. A strong body is a resilient one!

Muscle wasting isn’t just a symptom of aging. Just a few days of immobility causes muscle loss. You’ll notice it clearly when you have injuries that require a cast but this is also true from just a short amount of inactive time, such as when you skip the gym for a week or so.

Eat well

Get all the right nutrients from your food to fuel your body properly. If you’re eating plenty of veggies, proteins and sticking to unprocessed foods, you’re on the right track.

When should I start?

Today! The advantage of starting earlier is that you are building a stronger body to withstand the effects of aging before they begin.

If you missed the boat, the good news is that it’s never too late to start moving your body. Even if you’ve never been to the gym before, get out there, get a buddy to train with you or, best of all, get a great PT to make sure you’re doing the right thing for your body.