How to Eat and Exercise to Prevent Age-Related Muscle Loss from Sarcopenia
6. Get Your Heart Pumping Too
Yep, cardio is an absolute must—primarily for muscle maintenance. “Aerobic exercise improves your body’s response to insulin—and insulin helps with muscle health and repair,” explains Paddon-Jones. Cardio enhances blood flow, as well, including the flow of nutrients inside the muscle. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense cardio, such as brisk walking, biking or swimming, three or more days a week. The payoff: You’ll look and feel better now, and—flash forward a few decades—be the spryest silver fox on the block later on.