Harvard Men's Health Watch

Optimal muscle health takes more than strength training

Muscle health pays big premiums if you work to build endurance and power as well as strength.

For a mature man, muscle health is important for reasons that go way beyond just looking buff on the beach. Strong, coordinated muscles allow you to keep doing the healthy exercise and other activities you enjoy to remain vital and independent.

Exercise causes muscles to release chemicals called myokines into the bloodstream. These muscle molecules act on organs, tissues, and processes throughout the body. Intriguing new research suggests that healthy muscles help protect you from diabetes, heart disease, and bone loss.

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