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Why is it important to replace muscle mass as we age?

If you do not maintain your muscle mass as you age you will find performing daily tasks like chores around your house, getting out of a chair increasingly difficult to do. Loss of muscle mass and strength also dramatically increases your risk of falls as you age and decrease your ability to recover from illness or injury. Performing regular bouts of resistance training exercise 2-3 times a week will help you maintain your muscles mass as well as improve bone mass and protect you against the wasting of  muscle and bone that often occurs with age. Perform 2-3 sessions a week focusing on all the major body parts each time you lift. If you’re new to lifting start with light weights in the 12-15 repetition.

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