Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Strength and Power Training Counteract Loss of Muscle Mass

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Strength and Power Training Counteract Loss of Muscle Mass

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Dear Doctor K: I'm in my 60s. Despite exercising regularly, I have been losing muscle as I get older. Why does this happen, and is there anything I can do about it?

Dear Reader: As the years pass, muscle mass generally shrinks and strength declines. It happens to all of us -- even Arnold Schwarzenegger. The key to slowing this process is strength and power training.

There are basically two reasons that our muscle mass starts to shrink. The first is "sarcopenia" -- age-related muscle loss. This usually begins at around age 35 and occurs at a rate of 1 percent to 2 percent a year for the typical person.

The second reason our muscle mass starts to shrink is that, as we grow older, we use our muscles less.

So exactly what is strength and power training? …

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