If you’re a regular gym-goer, follow a healthy diet and do everything to stay fit, you’re heading down a sturdy path as you age. According to a new study conducted by the scientists of University of Southampton, and published in Clinical Interventions in Aging, diet supplementation combined with exercise training is very effective in preventing muscle loss, especially in old age.

The study demonstrated that between the ages of 40 and 80, people experience a condition known as sarcopenia, where an estimated 30%-50% muscle mass is lost, resulting in lower strength and less ability to carry out everyday tasks. However, sarcopenia can be prevented by maintaining a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.

According to head researcher professor Sian Robinson, “Poor diets and being physically inactive are common in older age, but by understanding the benefits of maintaining sufficient levels of physical activity and diet quality, the problem can be solved.”

Though the current evidence is incomplete and inconsistent, the concept warrants some merit. After all, if exercise has multiple health benefits such as boosting brainpower, getting rid of stress, giving you energy, warding-off disease, and even enhancing performance, surely it must help keep you stronger in comparison, as you age!

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.