Save Your Muscles as You Age

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Hi, I'm Dr. Clark. Have you ever wondered what happens to your muscles as you age? Some people think that muscle turns to fat, but muscle and fat are two different tissues in your body, they can't morph into one another, but as you age, muscle does begin to break down in a condition called sarcopenia. You might also gain more fat if you become less active as you get older.

Your eating habits might not match your reduced activity levels either. Without knowing it, you might end up eating more than you move. Then lean muscle starts to deplete as your fat stores expand. So while muscle doesn't exactly become fat, the fat begins to replace muscle, but there's good news. You can slow down muscle loss and increase your health by staying active for at least 30 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week.

Go for a brisk walk, participate in your favorite sport, take up weight training, or try some other activity. Staying active will help you maintain the muscles that you do have longer so you can stay healthy and slim. For more great anti-aging advice, watch all our smart tips, right here.