3,000 JOIN ABBOTT ENSURE GOLD'S STRENGTH RUN
NOV 13, 2019 @ 9.30AM
By 2035, 15% of the Malaysian population will be over the age of 60, and strength and energy are vital to a longer and healthier life. To support this, maintaining muscle health is key for older adults to have the strength they need for everyday tasks and to participate in family activities.
Running back in time with strength
The Ensure Gold Strength Run: Back in Time saw participation from caregivers and parents from all walks of life. Held at Eco Ardence, Maya Park in Setia Alam, participants were entertained with music from the roaring 90s all the way to the disco fever of the 70s along the route.
Participants were also encouraged to try strength activities such as a strength Zumba session or do strength assessments like the Strength Chair-challenge – a “stand-up” test aimed to raise awareness on preventing muscle loss and frailty with age by simply standing up from a chair using no hands, and only one leg.
Research shows even healthy adults can lose up to 8% of muscle mass per decade from the age of 40 and this rate nearly doubles to 15% after the age of 70. While muscle loss is a natural part of ageing, it can be slowed and even reversed with proper nutrition and physical activity.
“Keeping our mom healthy and active is a priority for us as her caregivers. At 81 years old, she is even more particular about getting the right nutrients and exercise to support her overall health and strength,” said Angie, 55 who participated in the run with her mom Tan Thiam, and sister, Siew Lin, 54.
“Initially, she did not feel too confident about completing the 3-km distance. However, she trained with our dad every morning by going for walks with him and managed to complete the run easily today,” she added.
Yuan, 71 also participated in the run with her daughter, Kelly, 43.
“This is my third run this year and it won’t be the last. My daughter always encourages me to stay active despite my age, and I find it enjoyable to be able to get active with my family. I’m extremely glad we have activities like this that we can participate in together. We hope we will be able to join the run again next year,’’ said Yuan.
Amal Kelshikar, division vice president of Abbott’s nutrition business emphasised the need to build and maintain muscle to support older adults’ strength so they can participate in the moments that make life meaningful.
Supporting muscle health with the right nutrition
Nine out of ten aging adults fail to meet the daily amounts of key nutrients recommended for a healthy and active life. “It is crucial that adults receive adequate nutrition which includes muscle-building ingredients,” said Dr Nina Mazera Mohd Said, medical director of Abbott’s nutrition business.
“Beta-Hydroxy beta-Methyl Butyrate also known as HMB helps to improve body movement and provide the nutrition needed for everyday strength. It’s also important to keep active with regular exercise, as exemplified by the runners here today,” she added.
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