Busting common exercise myths

You may be surprised that some commonly held views about exercise and ageing are not true at all. Thrive editor Niki Bezzant sorts fact from fantasy.

As we get older, what we always knew – exercise is good for us – becomes even more important. And for women, there are some key reasons why. Both men and women lose muscle mass as we get older; it’s a natural result of moving less and a slowing metabolism.

But for women, that loss is accelerated by the hormonal change of menopause. We lose muscle at a faster rate than men because of that, and unless we take steps to counteract that loss, we can end up weaker, softer and sicker than we’d like to be. Evidence shows…

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