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Posted by Lois on April 14, 2002 at 08:45:18:

Dear Walt,

Here's Lois from Germany again -- with a totally non-urgent question. By now I've gotten your advice on 3 or 4 things and it has always helped. There is one thing that has me a bit confused though. Once or twice, when I mentioned doing muscle strenghtening exercises for various things you wrote to forget about it. At the time I didn't ask why -- but I'm curious about your beliefs about muscles. I'm not sure if your response was about the specific issue (e.g. IC) or a general belief about not needing to strengthen muscles.

I was given a book called "Strong women stay young" -- which you may know -- where the author talks about all the benefits of having strong muscles. It made sense to me. I assume that ideally we would move enough in our lives to not have to do special strengthening exercises -- but if we don't does it make sense to do strengthening exercises? I have no particular problems -- it would be mainly to prevent myself from getting problems (I am 45 -- and not a couch potato -- but my mother is very weak and quite restricted in her movements so I can see where it could lead to not move enough). Maybe you discuss this topic somewhere on your site -- but I haven't seen it.

I'd be happy to hear your views on this topic.

Curious Lois




Re: strengthening muscles

Posted by Raisa on April 14, 2002 at 09:43:07:

In Reply to: strengthening muscles posted by Lois on April 14, 2002 at 08:45:18:

Hi, Lois - While you are waiting for Dr. Stoll to answer, I have put below a link to some posts in the archives about weight training for you to read. I know that he definitely believes that strength training is beneficial for everyone. Hope you find these helpful. Raisa

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Re: strengthening muscles

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 15, 2002 at 08:14:21:

In Reply to: strengthening muscles posted by Lois on April 14, 2002 at 08:45:18:

Hi, Lois.

Listen to Raisa.

Your very best reference would be archived in the aging archives (reference sarcopenia). Since the actual reference may have ben lost with the hacker incident, let me know if Dr Nichols' reference is not there.

Walt



Re: couldn't find references

Posted by Lois on April 15, 2002 at 11:36:37:

In Reply to: Re: strengthening muscles posted by Walt Stoll on April 15, 2002 at 08:14:21:

I couldn't find any reference on sarcopenia or Dr. Nichols. I am not extremely web fluent, so maybe I"m not looking in the right places -- but I did check the archives under aging and everywhere else on the website I could find.
Lois



Re: couldn't find references

Posted by B.B. on April 15, 2002 at 12:14:37:

In Reply to: Re: couldn't find references posted by Lois on April 15, 2002 at 11:36:37:


LOIS,

Hope this link works. You can go to google.com and input sarcopenia in order to obtain reference material.



Re: strengthening muscles

Posted by Carol on April 15, 2002 at 22:23:39:

In Reply to: Re: strengthening muscles posted by Walt Stoll on April 15, 2002 at 08:14:21:

Walt, this does not answer curious lois' question. She was asking you if your answer to strengthing muscles was "forget it". She couldn't find references either. We went to the links provided and only saw the definition of sarcopenia, not the answer to "Should we strengthen muscles".



Re: couldn't find references (Archive in aging.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 16, 2002 at 08:26:43:

In Reply to: Re: couldn't find references posted by B.B. on April 15, 2002 at 12:14:37:

Thanks, B.B.

WOW! Lots of references about sarcopenia. The William J. Evans, MD, book that pulls it all together and relates it to the other aspects of aging is: "Biomarkers--The 10 Keys to Prolonging Vitality" (Fireside; New York, NY: 1991).

Walt



Re: couldn't find references (Archive in aging.)--You're Welcome Walt:-)nmi

Posted by B.B. on April 16, 2002 at 08:52:33:

In Reply to: Re: couldn't find references (Archive in aging.) posted by Walt Stoll on April 16, 2002 at 08:26:43:

:-)My pleasure to be able to help

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Re: couldn't find references (Archive in aging.)--You're Welcome Walt:-)nmi

Posted by B.B. on April 16, 2002 at 08:52:42:

In Reply to: Re: couldn't find references (Archive in aging.) posted by Walt Stoll on April 16, 2002 at 08:26:43:

:-)My pleasure to be able to help

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Re: strengthening muscles

Posted by Raisa on April 16, 2002 at 09:27:56:

In Reply to: Re: strengthening muscles posted by Carol on April 15, 2002 at 22:23:39:

Hi, Carol -
The link I gave Lois gave the name of a website of a personal weight trainer. On this website he says it is very important to maintain or build muscle strength. Did you go to his website? It gave very good advice, in my opinion.
Raisa

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Re: strengthening muscles

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 16, 2002 at 10:10:13:

In Reply to: Re: strengthening muscles posted by Carol on April 15, 2002 at 22:23:39:

Thanks, Carol.

Progressive strengthening of sarcopenic muscles is perhaps tie single most important thing to reverse functional aging!

Hope this helps.

Walt

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