Being in PT school teaches you all the terrible things that can and will happen to you as you get older. Whether it is terrible diseases you can get or just the fact that changes will occur and there isn’t much you can do to stop them.
It is true that after we hit 30 we start to lose muscle mass, IF WE DON”T TRAIN! All that says to me is that what you do in your 20s is great and all but once you hit 30 is when it really starts to count. Depending on the source, by the time you hit 50, you lose strength at 15% per decade, at 70 it is close to 30% per decade. Also, for us ladies out there (and guys too), osteoporosis is a huge concern. Osteoporosis can actually be fatal…say what?!
If you are to fall and break a hip, you have a 13% chance to return to pre-fracture function. If you have osteoporosis you have a greater chance of sustaining a hip fracture. If you are to sustain this fracture, there is a 20% mortality rate.
Now as lovely as this all it to have to learn about every day, the point is that this is an area of aging we can affect. Strength training and weight bearing is huge!! Any kind of activity can help prevent loss of strength and the more you do the better (as long as you don’t knock on the other end of the over use spectrum).
So I encourage you to call your mom, grandma, uncles, whoever and talk to them about this, it takes a life time of dedication and work but it can literally save your life.
In honor of this new information I went for a run between the rain storms and did a new circuit work out.
I had planned to do this twice through but after one time I was pooped, it really killed me and I felt like I got a good enough work out after just once. Next time I won’t run as far or hard as I did today before I try it!