All About Men: Fountain of Youth for Your Muscles

All About Men: Fountain of Youth for Your Muscles

Your hair may thin and your jawline may seem determined to move south, but there's one thing you never have to give up as you grow older: young muscles.

Strength training affects muscle DNA on a cellular level, giving it the profile of much younger muscle tissue. The result? Pump some iron and you'll considerably narrow any natural strength gaps that exist between you and those still-wet-behind-the-ears younger men.

Push-Up Power
Remember when 73-year-old Jack Palance did one-handed push-ups on stage at the '92 Oscars? That could be you. Well, maybe not the Oscar part. But any guy can be fit past 50 if he strength-trains regularly. 

Here's how a study proved it. Before going through a resistance-training program, the older men in a study were nearly 60 percent weaker than the younger guys. But after 6 months of chest presses, leg extensions, and other resistance exercises, the senior group's muscle strength doubled! They closed the gap to just 40 percent less strong. Imagine what a whole year of push-ups could do.

Turning the Clock Off
Muscles get weaker as you get older for lots of reasons -- and most of those reasons boil down to the natural aging process. But strength training halts much of that -- right down to changing the rate at which muscle deteriorates.

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