This picture comparing sedentary to active elderly subjects is an oldie but a goodie. It reinforces one of our core beliefs at the Functional Movement Group that activity and movement to stimulate tissue adaptation is important for everyone at every age. While this is something that trainers and conditioning coaches do very well, unfortunately as therapists we can often neglect our ability to load the system adequately to facilitate change.
Increasing lean muscle mass usually increases our capacity for movement (strength, stamina, power etc) and is an important fundamental for allowing us to do the things we want to do and to minimise our risk of movement failure and injury. The key then is understanding where an individual is at to develop an effective program to take them from where they are to where they want to be.
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