This post is by a friend of mine who is also an wellness ambassador.  Rather than writing my own article on this, I’m paying his forward.  Great points and a reminder to TCOY! 
If you want some guidance and coaching to get you going and hold you accountable, my goal for you is SUSTAINABLE WELLNESS…we keep it simple because life is already to complicated!   Take Care of You ~ for the health of it!
Coach Lucy

Why do you lose muscle mass and strength while aging?

December 5, 2012 By

 Why do you lose muscle mass and strength? Activity and dietary patterns play important roles in muscle maintenance, but they don’t paint the whole picture. Natural physiological shifts take place during aging that correlate to declines in muscle health, including the following:

 1. Loss of nerve cells that tell the brain to move your muscles. Fast-twitch muscle fibers, which give you strength and mass, become smaller and fat infiltrates into the muscle.

 2. Hormonal changes associated with muscle loss. Men lose testosterone, women lose estrogen, and both lose growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor.

 3. Vascular changes. Blood vessel function becomes impaired, affecting the delivery of blood and nutrients to the muscles.

 4. The body becomes slightly more acidic as the kidneys age. Acidic environments trigger protein breakdown.


 While you may not be able to prevent all muscle loss but you sure can slam on the breaks. Incorporating a balanced diet with adequate protein and strength training are the best and only tools we have to combat muscle mass and strength losses.

Chad J. Derowitsch
BA: Exercise Science
ACE: Certified Personal Trainer
Cell: 913-488-8516


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