Did you know that from the age of 40, you start losing up to 8% of muscle mass every decade? Aging is inevitable, but muscle loss doesn't have to be.

Advanced muscle loss, or sarcopenia, affects nearly 1 in 3 people over the age of 60. Not only are muscles important for everyday physical tasks like picking things up, reaching for something, opening a jar or getting up off a chair, but healthy muscles are essential for organ function, skin health, immunity and your metabolism.3-5. In other words, maintaining muscle mass as you age is essential for prolonging a happy and healthy life so you can keep doing the things you love.

Preserve muscles with a few simple strategies and Stay Strong as You Age!

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