Sarcopenia can be explained as the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, strength, and quality associated with ageing. This process can be accelerated with physical inactivity and high levels of sedentary behaviour, leading to decreased functional ability, which can negatively impact physical and mental health, well-being and quality of life. This physiological decline has been worsened by confinement associated with COVID-19!
Sarcopenia is common in adults over the age of 65, however, it is a progressive process characterised by a 3-8% reduction in lean muscle mass per decade after the age of 30 years (Paddon-Jones et al., 2013. Palmio and Udd, 2014).
Multimodal physical activity incorporating balance, strength, flexibility, mobility and cardiovascular fitness is so important and very effective in ameliorating sarcopenia and promoting healthy ageing!