Muscle up, live longer

Saturday, August 18, 2007 General News
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Muscle is going through an image change. Previously thought of as a stretchy slab of inert flesh that declines with age especially once we hit 50 research is emerging that suggests that the simple step of regular muscle execise followed by a protein
snack could keep our muscles going long into old age. This not only means a better physique but also a life less likely to be sabotaged by falls in later years. Good muscles mean far more than the ability to lift weights run fast or show off a washboard
stomach. They are crucial to health: the muscles of our chest help us to breathe properly and keep the lungs free from fluid; muscles in the heart pump blood around the body; and of course muscles literally hold us up. Lose as little as 25 per cent of the muscle bulk in your leg and you’ll struggle to get out of a chair; you’ ll also find yourself tripping over kerbs or falling over in the shower. Health


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