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Aging is accompanied by many physiological changes. One of the most predominant physiological changes is sarcopenia, which is the loss of muscle mass and strength with age. It is estimated that after your fourth decade, you lose about 1% of your muscle mass each year. This depletion of muscle mass contributes to increased disability, frailty, and risk of falls and injuries as you age. Strength training helps combat sarcopenia by increasing muscle mass and strength. Strength training also reduces the risk of falling because it causes improved balance and coordination. Adapting a strength-training program can help elderly people maintain independence in performing tasks of daily life.
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