Why do it?
To slow aging.
What is effective muscle building after 50?
It is you proactively taking control and not just letting the effects of declining strength control your outcome.
Your aging is commonly associated with a loss of muscle mass and strength, resulting in falls, functional decline, and the subjective feeling of weakness.
But most studies on the age-related effects of muscle wasting or sarcopenia use sedentary adults as their subjects.
This leaves the question of whether the changes that are commonly associated with muscle aging reflect the true physiology of getting old or whether they reflect atrophy from disuse.
The study looked at older athletes (ages 40 to 81) who trained religiously and evaluated whether their chronic exercise would prevent the loss of lean muscle mass and strength.
The answer was an emphatic Yes.
Instead, these declines likely stem from chronic disuse rather than muscle aging due to time alone.
Why do it?
Maintenance of your muscle mass (and strength) will decrease or eliminate falling, functional decline and loss of independence that are commonly seen in sedentary, aging adults.
Your Muscle Building after 50 Strategy
- Be proactive. Get active. Stay active.
- Lift weights. Resistance training reigns supreme.
- Be consistent. Stick with it. Make it a habit, a lifestyle.
- Don’t overdo it. Rest and recovery are really important to the over 50 athlete (that’s you). Three times a week is a great idea.
- Be sensible. Good health isn’t obtained just by training hard. Eat and sleep well. De-stress. Live a balanced life.
- Don’t stop. Don’t act like an old guy. There is no age where “you can’t do this” anymore. Be a role model. Never give up.
How should you do it?
Muscle building after 50 doesn’t have to complicated. Just do something.
Try this program (below) three days a week for 6 to 8 weeks.
You will get results.
Or the Suspended Row
if you have a Suspension Trainer
Chicken or the Egg?
Is loss of muscle mass due to inactivity a primary driver of aging or does muscle weakness just occur as you get older? Please comment below.
Physician and Sportsmedicine. 2011 Sep;39(3):172-8. doi: 10.3810/psm.2011.09.1933.
Chronic exercise preserves lean muscle mass in masters athletes.