Muscles matter – so keep moving!

BJC ACO would like you to know that muscles matter. People lose 20 to 40 percent of their muscles – and along with it their strength – as they age.

Scientists have found that a major reason people lose muscle is that they stop doing everyday activities that use muscle power. Lack of use lets muscles waste away, and very small changes in muscle size can make a big difference in being able to do things on your own.

Keeping your muscles in shape can help prevent another serious problem in older people: falls that cause broken hips or other disabilities. And no matter what your age, using your muscles makes your bones stronger.

Before starting any exercise, consult your doctor. And if you need a doctor, call the physician finder number 855.747.8606.