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How can you keep your muscles healthy as you age?

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Get some moderate exercise every day, such as a brisk walk or lifting light weights. It will help with muscle strength and function. Check with your doctor to see how much activity is right for you.

Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins such as fish and chicken. Stay away from sugar and foods that are high in saturated fat. And eat smaller portions. You probably don’t need as many calories as you once did.

From: What's Normal Aging? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Aging: What to Expect.”

National Institutes of Health Medline Plus: “Areas of Age-Related Change.”

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing: “Aging: Age-Related Physical Changes.”

Merck Manual: “Changes in the Body With Aging.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Effects of Aging.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Aging: What to Expect.”

National Institutes of Health Medline Plus: “Areas of Age-Related Change.”

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing: “Aging: Age-Related Physical Changes.”

Merck Manual: “Changes in the Body With Aging.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Effects of Aging.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

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