It’s common — but you can do something about it
Elderly man lifting weights in a gym

If you’re over 50 and don’t feel as strong as you used to or don’t have as much stamina as you once did, it’s not surprising. Just like bone density decreases with age, we also lose muscle mass. The decline in skeletal muscle, a condition called sarcopenia, is a natural process that occurs in everyone over time. It can lead to frailty and increased risk for falls and loss of independence.

“Fortunately, we can do something about it,” says physical therapist Gary Calabrese, DPT.