Keep up your muscle strength: tiny tip for a happy, healthy old age

brown cat lying on her back

Ursula the lazy cat: listen up and strengthen those muscles!

Keep up your muscle strength by exercising while you are still young.

This tip is from Elizabeth Slaughter. Why did she choose to offer this advice to a younger person?

I think weak muscles lead to all sorts of inertia. A little exercise throughout life improves life overall.

Absolutely! Strong muscles make activity possible, for one thing.

Each tipster was asked: Did you follow any advice that you were given about achieving a happy, healthy old age?

Elizabeth, like Sadje and Peter, did receive advice and followed it! In her case the advice was:

Keeping my mind active, eating well, controlling my blood pressure.

Link to Elizabeth Slaughter’s blog: Saved By Words

old person lifting a weight on a rooftop

It’s never too late to start building muscle strength

6 thoughts on “Keep up your muscle strength: tiny tip for a happy, healthy old age

  1. Sadje says:

    Totally agree.

  2. Cathy Cade says:

    I read a new article yesterday that reported research showing that those who stopped exercising – having previously been active – were more likely to suffer heart problems.
    Does that let me off having to start now?

  3. Rachel McAlpine says:

    Hm, that’s tricky! You be you, and you are a very fine you.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I have been amazed by how much stronger I have become in the gym working with a trainer and several other women in our 70’s. The exercises produce what is now called “functional fitness,” an apt name for being able to carry a suitcase, get out of a chair gracefully, and hoist things to overhead shelves.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That makes good sense. The social aspect must be important too?

      1. Elizabeth says:

        The social aspect is essential. We cheer each other on and commiserate with all the adaptations needed for whatever joint is acting up that day.