The Importance of Upper Body Strength
We naturally tend to lose muscle mass (sarcopenia) as we age, beginning as early as our 20s. In fact, we can lose up to 40 percent of our muscle mass by the time we reach our 60s. Illness, injury, and a sedentary lifestyle can greatly accelerate that deterioration!
Upper body strength is critically important because the upper body controls our ability to perform everyday activities such as grasping, clenching, reaching, pulling, pushing and lifting. Having a strong upper body improves your posture, flexibility, mobility and range of motion while decreasing your risk of injury.
Working on strength can be easy and fun using drumsticks, resistance bands, medicine balls, dumbbells and even our own body weight! And it’s good for you!.