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The Secret Exercise Trick for Building Strength and Power After 40

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It's simply a fact that as we age into our mid-30s and 40s, our bodies begin to slow down. Hormones such as testosterone and IGF-1—both of which are crucial for muscle growth and body composition—will decline, while maintaining our lean muscle mass becomes harder and harder. With less muscle means less mitochondria, the little tiny energy burners in your cells, which means your metabolism slows. On top of that, we lose strength and power. Now, if you're not an NFL linebacker, I can see why attaining "strength and power" may not be on the top of your to-do list. But there are plenty of reasons why it should be. Having stronger, more powerful muscles as you age won't just help you lift your groceries and keep you active for longer, but it is also shown to help offset cognitive decline . "Good muscle strength is crucial to staying healthy and active, and preventing falls as we enter later life," Anna Dixon, chief executive of the UK's Centre for Aging