• BIT Team

How to Stop Age-Related Muscle Loss

Age related muscle loss, called Sarcopenia, can happen as early as your 20's, losing around 0.5% every year. It then doubles each decade when you reach 60 (1% per year at 60, 2% at 70, 4% at 80 and so on).

People with weakened muscles are less able to maintain good posture, keep their balance, or live independently. As a result, diminished muscle mass makes you more prone to falls, breathing problems, and psychological problems such as depression. You're also less likely to get adequate exercise, which may lead to obesity, heart disease, and adult-onset diabetes.

The good news is that exercise can not only help keep muscle loss at a minimum it can also build and strengthen your muscles. A study in the US revealed that people in 70s, 80s, and 90s managed to double their muscle strength during a 10 week training period. However, aerobic exercise such as walking or using cv equipment in the gym is not enough as weight bearing exercise is what is needed to increase muscular strength.

This is where the use of a Suspension Bodyweight Trainer helps, especially as you can use it in the comfort of your own home. Using your weight as resistance against gravity the Body Intensive Trainer (BIT) contracts your muscles with each exercise which develops lean muscle and improves bone health. There are hundreds of exercises you can do with this one bit of kit, it's so simple to use and can be used indoors or outdoors, at home or even on holiday. It comes with access to online video demonstrations of how to do each exercise as well as videos of 5 workouts that you can exercise alongside to which are suitable for all ages and fitness abilities.

Using the BIT can increase your range of movement as it allows you to not only get into the correct position but you can get deeper into a position than you would be able to without using equipment, for example a squat which can put quite a strain on the knees if performed incorrectly.

Strength training has endless benefits for everyone:

1. Helps speed up metabolism and help you keep lean

2. Improves bone health & muscle mass

3. Helps prevent injury and disease and it is very effective for arthritis

4. Helps menopausal women increase bone density

5. Increases flexibility & stability

6. Improves mood and energy levels

Maintaining muscle mass as we age should be an important part of a healthy lifestyle and action should be taken as early as possible to prevent muscle loss as we get older.

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