Muscle mass needs attention as you age
ring true for you, and you feel energised and uplifted at the end of your high-intensity exercise and you love doing it, that’s great – keep going with it. Interval training is a better choice for maintaining muscle mass and using body fat than a straight out high-intensity workout.
To help guide movement habits, I encourage people to think about what they want from it – you want to have a functional body that allows you to move through your day with ease, you want to have the strength to carry your groceries and your children (or grandchildren), you want to have the flexibility to bend down and tie your shoelaces, and you want to feel uplifted, not depleted.
Dr Libby is a nutritional biochemist, best-selling author and speaker. The advice contained in this column is not intended to be a substitute for direct, personalised advice from a health professional. Join Dr Libby in Christchurch for one weekend to change your life: November 25 and 26. More info at drlibby.com
Do some resistance training as you age to maintain or build muscle mass.