Forum: Muscle Power

Why you should get stronger

Miriam Nelson is on a crusade to get older folks to lift weights. The physiologist and her colleagues at Tufts University have proved that strength training not only builds muscles but also strengthens bones and helps control the aging process. She talks to TIME about her new book, Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis.

WHY SHOULD OLDER FOLKS TAKE UP STRENGTH TRAINING? At around age 35, we start to lose about a third of a pound of muscle and gain that much body fat every year. This loss of muscle puts us at greater risk for numerous chronic conditions, such as...

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