Over 50s 'can benefit from muscle training'

A charity has called for over 50s to stay active and able by training their muscles.

A leading charity for over 50s has advised that older people may see a number of health benefits to muscle training.

Recent research from the University of Nottingham has revealed that people lose the ability to quickly generate muscle tissue as they grow older, which can lead to reduced strength and a higher chance of falls and fractures.

As a result, Age Concern and Help the Aged has suggested that over 50s look to counteract this problem by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking regular exercise.

Andrew Harrop, head of public policy at the charity, specifically highlighted activities such as walking, cycling and Tai Chi as beneficial for muscle building.

He said: "Staying active in older age helps improve and develop strength in your muscles, stamina, coordination and balance."

Mr Harrop added that this would mean that pensioners would find it easier to pick up their grandchildren and climb staircases without discomfort.

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