Sarcopenia: ever heard of it? No, it’s not a new brand of gluten-free pasta or a remote Greek island. Unfortunately.

Sarcopenia is the age-related loss of muscle mass and function and has long been considered an inevitable part of aging. By age 50, we start to lose about 1-2% of our muscle mass annually, and the percentage increases as we hit our 60s and 70s.

If that were a retirement fund, we’d be burying gold in the backyard. And you can do that and then some with strength training.

Current resistance training research not only reports preserved muscle mass in older adults but also shows gains comparable to younger folks.

Muscle is metabolic currency. Strength training improves insulin sensitivity, bone density, cognitive function, and a hefty reduction in chronic inflammation.

The key to these upsides is to customise the training intensity, dial in the rest, and gradually challenge your limits to make sure you keep progressing.

As with a retirement fund, the earlier you start accumulating muscle into the fund, the better.