How to not gain weight, lose muscle mass as you get older

A healthcare worker walks with an elderly patient.

We all know that exercise is good for you, physically and mentally. At a minimum, we should be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, or half that amount (75 minutes) per week of vigorous exercise. But the majority of Americans get much less — one in five adults 19 years old and over get less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week.

I believe many of us feel guilty that we are not more active, but not guilty enough to do something about it. Instead, we create excuses to get us off the hook. For example:

“I’m too tired after working all day.” Probably so, but ironically, the best way to pep yourself up is to get some exercise. Plopping down on the couch makes you more tired.

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