Forget this, “I don’t want to bulk up” line. If you are the average person, unless you actually strive to get stronger you won’t not only not stay the same you WILL get weaker because of the old “If you don’t use it you lose it” principle. You see as we get older we seem to get more efficient at conserving energy with our movement, which physiologically means we recruit less muscle fibre, which in turn leads to muscle wastage, which is unfortunately pretty much a certainty of aging.
What you may be able to control with a concerted effort however, is to reduce the amount and speed of that loss and with a science based strength program you may in fact be able to still build muscle in to your 90’s. Now, how much quality of life do you think you will have if your muscles can still help you move the way you want to do the things you want to do in your life as you get older? More than the person who doesn’t address this issue and ends up not being able to get out of that chair I can tell you!
If you are a client of best practice expect to pick up a scientific review of why muscle matters so much from the studio or gym this coming week. It will give you all the evidence you need to start knowing why you absolutely have to starting lifting weights and I am not talking little ones! The intensity of training is another variable that is non negotiable in the goal of building muscle and preserving functional ability. But there is a warning: Don’t take this on with out expert advice because it is easy to do this the wrong way and lose valuable time or in fact hurt yourself.