Keeping fit after 50

For those of us in the older age set, we set up Zoom exercise classes and go on Facebook while our children and youngsters call us “Boomers” and mutter things about “Boomer technology” when asked to look up something on Facebook. Never mind that I am a Generation Xer. It is lost on these Generation Zers. But yet the child can’t figure out Zoom in a timely manner and is often late to his school sessions.

As we age, we need all the help we can get. There is muscle degeneration as the years progress, and diet is as important as exercise in keeping a person healthy and in shape to deal with the ageing process. As my mother used to say, “Getting old isn’t for wimps, Suzanne.”

The dairy industry can help. It is noteworthy that Arla Food Ingredients has come up with a whey protein ingredient that is clinically proven to counteract age-related muscle mass decline. Lacprodan HYDRO.Rebuild is a 100% hydrolysed whey protein. It reportedly offers highly accessible content of branched-chain amino acids and essential amino acids such as leucine, which are important for muscle synthesis in seniors.

In three separate clinical trials on resistance-trained older women, Lacprodan HYDRO.Rebuild was shown to offer significant improvements to muscle mass, strength and mobility. Other documented benefits include a slimmer waist and reduced body fat.

Laima Liepinyte, business development manager, Asia at Arla Foods Ingredients, said, “Thanks to advances in medical technology, people are living longer than ever before. However, age brings many changes to health, one of which is a natural decline in skeletal muscle mass and function. This can have a devastating effect on mobility and quality of life but whey protein, in combination with exercise, can help slow the decline.”

Basically, we have to keep fit in these challenging times, and as outdoor activity is the safer option, getting out there and jumping around isn’t a bad idea. A bit of whey can go a long way in these cases.

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