Harvard Health Letter

The new medicine: Muscle strength

Staying healthy in your older years requires more than just aerobic exercise. Strength training is vital for maintaining muscle mass and bone health. That’s because by age 70, most of us have lost a quarter of our muscle strength. Working all the major muscle groups is important, but older adults should focus on strengthening the muscles around the hips and pelvis, as well as the large leg muscles (hamstrings and quadriceps), especially if you have knee arthritis. The most common workout options include weight machines and free weights.
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