A lot of us are looking to get in shape in retirement. This is a good thing since part of living an even better retirement is looking after your health and muscle mass. Staying healthier and more active longer will ensure that you are making the most out of your retirement. In addition, maintaining a healthy muscle mass is a huge part of keeping your health as you age.

In this episode, we’ll explore a Scientific American article on keeping your muscles strong as you age. Make sure to listen in to discover some tools that I use to track my health and wellness as I enter the second half of my life.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:12] Keeping up your muscles
  • [5:23] What I’m doing to stay healthy
  • [10:01] How can two opposite approaches achieve the same goal?

Your muscle mass is deteriorating

You may be aware that muscle mass begins to decline in our thirties. It declines between 3-8% each decade but then that deterioration begins to accelerate after age 60–right around the time we plan to retire!

This steep decline can not only affect our daily activities but can also predict our health and longevity as we age. Hormonal changes and poor nutrition can further exacerbate age-related muscle loss.

How you can maintain muscle mass as you age

The good news is that if you are planning on retiring at this time, you can fight back with physical activity. Lack of physical activity can atrophy muscles as well.

The article recommends using resistance training to combat age-related muscle loss. This training type targets muscle power and strength while strengthening the connection between the nervous system and muscles, enhancing functional abilities. Enhancing basic physical functions allows us to maintain independence and quality of life as we age.

In our 60s we’re no longer striving for the 6-pack abs or the bulging biceps, rather, we need to focus on functional improvements.

Prioritize physical activity with resistance training to make those functional improvements and ensure a longer healthier life.

What I’m doing to keep track of my health

Since I’m a numbers guy, I like to have data to look back on to track my progress. Thankfully, today there are many tools we can use to keep track of our health.

One of the ways I started my journey to better health was to get an InBody scan. This is a relatively inexpensive scan that gave me some great data to track my overall fitness improvement. That, paired with the My Fitness Pal tracker and my Whoop Band allows me to see how my percent body fat and basal metabolic rate are changing as I eat healthier and work out.

What is your plan to improve your muscle mass so that you can enjoy an even better retirement?

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