How not to gain weight, lose muscle mass as you get older

A health care worker walking with an elderly patient.

We all know exercise is good for you both physically and mentally. At a minimum, we should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week, or half that amount (75 minutes) per week of vigorous exercise. But the majority of Americans get much less — one in five adults aged 19 and over gets less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week.

I think a lot of us feel guilty because we’re not more active, but we’re not guilty enough to do something about it. Instead, we create excuses to get us out of trouble. For example:

“I’m so tired after working all day.” Maybe it is, but ironically, the best way to energize yourself is to get some exercise. Lying on the couch makes you more tired.

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