Workout regularly as you grow old
Weight training and cardio are essential to regulate hormonal output and maintain optimum heart health. The combination also keeps a check on sugar-related complications.
As a person grows old, he or she is sure to lose muscle mass by 20 per cent or more between the age of 40 and 60. This condition is known as sarcopenia. People often lose fast-twitch muscle fibres that are important for power, strength and other major activities.
Researchers from Maastricht University of The Netherlands conducted a study using elderly men in the average age of 72. The test subjects increased their muscle strength, lean mass and fast-twitch fibres after 12 weeks of weight workouts. Their fast-twitch fibres also had increase in the count of satellite cells which are essential for protein synthesis and muscle tissue repair.
Weight training has once again emerged winner in the battle against destructive effects of ageing.
_ C. Lakshmi Kumar