Preserve your strength now

Preserve your strength now


Do the things you love at retirement.

Having the strength to do the things we love is often taken for granted.

Are these becoming more strenuous?

  • Playing with grandchildren at the park
  • Travelling the world
  • Climbing stairs

This may be because the body starts breaking down more muscle as we age.

Preserving and building muscle strength is one of the most important things to prepare for retirement. Muscle loss can be slowed down by an active lifestyle and consuming a well-balanced, nutrient-packed diet.1,2

Nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamin D are necessary to maintain normal muscle function.3 However, many eat less as they age.4 Without a well-balanced diet, it is hard to obtain all the necessary vitamins and minerals for optimum health.5


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