By David Levine, Health Writer
Everyone loses muscle strength as they get older, and that’s a normal part of aging… right?
Well, yes and no. Let me explain.
No matter how old you are, your muscle tissue–like all other tissues–continuously breaks down. But like other tissues, it can be built back up.
When you’re young, that rebuilding comes naturally with the general activity of life, and it’s enhanced, of course, with exercise. But as people age, many of them stop being active. They don’t go to the gym. They barely get off the couch.
So they don’t do what’s necessary to rebuild the muscle tissue they are losing.
Over time, they lose so much muscle mass they have trouble even with everyday activities like climbing stairs, opening jars and carrying bags of groceries.