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According to new research, lifelong exercise could help prevent aging’s toll on muscles. 

17th-century physicist Isaac Newton’s first law of motion states, “an object in motion will stay in motion in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” While this law defines the concept of inertia, it also rings true when it comes to your ability to exercise. 

To put it in simpler terms, the common idiom “if you don’t use it, you lose it” rings especially true when it comes to your muscles. 

What Is Sarcopenia?

Translated literally, sarcopenia means “lack of flesh.” However, it actually relates to your muscles rather than your skin. 

Sarcopenia is age-related muscle loss, which occurs as a natural part of the aging process. While it’s more commonly seen in those over fifty, it can occur earlier without proper fitness, diet, and lifestyle. 

The process of age-related muscle deterioration actually begins after you’re 30 years old. You start to lose between 1-2 percent muscle mass each year. Those who don’t exercise regularly and have more sedentary lifestyles can expect to lose anywhere from 4 to 6 pounds of muscle per decade. 

How Lifelong Exercise Can Prevent Sarcopenia

According to recent studies, lifelong exercisers had less muscular deterioration. The less muscle loss you have, the easier mobility will remain as you age. 

In fact, when comparing those 68 and above who maintained lifelong physical activity to those who were inactive (young and old), researchers found that:

  • The 68+-year-olds had healthier aging muscle
  • The 68+-year-olds had better muscle function
  • The 68+-year-olds were more resistant to fatigue 

Don’t be alarmed if you haven’t been too active; you can still benefit from starting and continuing to lead a more active lifestyle. 

Older man and woman running to prevent age-related muscle loss

How to Prevent Age-Related Muscle Loss with Octane

If you’re new to working out or are looking for somewhere to start, Octane can help support exercisers with premium low-impact elliptical and bike machines that are accessible and easy to use. Using our lateral elliptical, the LateralX, you can enter into the sideways motion, which increases caloric expenditure by up to 27%. Another great option to try is our recumbent elliptical, the XR6000, where you can isolate your upper body or lower body for a complete body workout. Both of these machines have a low-impact experience, so you can get your intense or moderate cardio session in without feeling the aches of performing other modes of exercise.

Our machines are equipped with various programs to suit the changing needs of your users and will fuel them at each step of their journey. Octane cardio machines let you work at your own pace to challenge your cardio fitness level and burn calories and come in several different models with varying features and price points. The xR6c X-Ride home recumbent elliptical is another great option for your home because it combines all the benefits of traditional standing elliptical machines with the comfort of a seat with PowerStroke technology and resistance training to engage more muscles, burn more calories and get more results than any other seated machine.

Whether you plan to use them at home or a fitness facility, you can reap many health benefits with any of these options.