Nothing beats strength training, or resistance exercises, for building and preserving muscle.
That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults do strength training at least twice a week.
That should include 8 to 12 repetitions of exercises that work all the major muscle groups: legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms. And the exercises should be done to the point where it’s hard to do more without help.
If you don’t work out, start with your local Y, community center, or sports club. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers videos and written materials (cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines) on how to work out at home. For a free download of simple exercises to get you started, go to NutritionAction.com/ExerciseReport.