Age is the reason why muscles and bones don’t quite feel the same as they used to, right? Well, sort of. Growing older causes a myriad of issues in the musculoskeletal system of aging men, but many of these issues are linked to inactivity. As you age, you become less active, which plays a major role in the ability to maintain bones and joints. The less you exercise your body, the more likely you are to experience bone and muscle issues related to aging.
The Effects of Aging on Muscles and Bones in Men
Young men enjoy the benefits of resilient muscle fibers and effortless toning of muscle. Using a system of young, growing muscles, trigger the release of testosterone. Testosterone increases energy, improves physical performance, and increases a young man’s ability build muscle mass. As you age, testosterone production decreases with inactivity and the musculoskeletal system changes dramatically. Bones become weaker and are at higher risk of serious injuries. Consequently, these dangers deter activity even more, which only makes matters worse. As simple activities become more difficult, muscles begin to atrophy, or deteriorate. Unfortunately, this decrease in muscle mass negatively impacts a man’s overall strength and joint mobility. The destruction of the joints is detrimental and often painful. If this process continues, older men risk developing:
Let’s Get Physical: How to Slow Aging
Aging leads to inactivity, which leads to negative changes in the muscles and bones. So, how is it possible to counter the side effects of aging? The answer is simple: stay active no matter what. Exercise doesn’t have to entail hitting the weights for hours and following that up with a 5K run. An easy 30-minute walk five times a week may even be enough to do the trick. Staying active increases testosterone production, which counteracts the effect aging has on muscles and bones. Think about it: muscles and bones are both tissue, and testosterone promotes tissue growth. That means that testosterone actually improves the density of bones while helping to build muscle.
The activities below can increase testosterone levels in men:
- Sleep. It may seem counterproductive, but getting enough sleep is essential for producing testosterone.
- Drop the weight. Excess weight contributes to low levels of testosterone. Take the steps necessary to lose extra pounds.
- Eat right. This doesn’t mean starting a militant eating schedule based on calorie calculations — it just means eating foods that contain beneficial nutrients that balance testosterone levels. Foods high in zinc should do the trick.
- Get active. Set some exercise goals and develop a plan to reach them. It doesn’t matter how big or small the goals may seem, but be sure to commit to the process. Then, make more goals, commit to them, and continue to improve.
If these methods aren’t enough to get the testosterone boost you need, you should also consider bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy.
Don’t Let the Aging Process Defeat You
Cells in our bodies are constantly destroyed and replaced. These demolition and building cells are osteoclasts and osteoblasts. Osteoclasts dispose of old bone tissue so that osteoblasts can add new bone tissue. As we age, the osteoblasts become slower and slower. Predictably, this causes bones to deteriorate faster than they are replaced. Fortunately, physical activity improves osteoblast performance through testosterone production. This produces stronger bones, and overall health and wellness. Unsure about the powers of testosterone? It is so beneficial to bones and joints that it can even help to correct the side effects of osteoporosis. Start creating active habits today. Your bones, muscles, and joints will thank you.
Dr. Hotze shares the many benefits of testosterone:
Take our symptom checker quiz today to find out if you could have low testosterone levels.