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Does resistance training help slow down the loss of muscle mass that occurs as we get older?

Resistance training does help slow down the loss of muscle mass, called muscle atrophy, that occurs as we age. Much of this atrophy is due to inactivity rather than the natural aging process. Resistance training can help eliminate the atrophy that occurs as a result of inactivity. Although you will still have some muscle atrophy as you age, a great majority of it can be prevented with a regular, well-planned resistance training program.