Eating protein throughout the day could be the key to maintaining muscle strength in old age, new research suggests.
An even protein intake throughout the day is associated with greater muscle strength in both sexes as they grow older, a study found.
Yet, frequently eating protein is only linked to improved mobility in elderly men, the research adds.
Eating protein with every meal is thought to replace that which is constantly being broken down. This occurs at a faster rate in older people.
An egg or tablespoon of peanut butter with every meal should be sufficient to boost a person's protein intake, according to experts.
Eating protein throughout the day could be the key to muscle strength in old age (stock)
Lowering weights has greater benefits than lifting, research revealed back in May.
Training with heavier loads while lowering weights gains greater strength than using the same weight for both lifting and lowering.
This may be due to the greater mental effort required to control the body while lowering weights, leading to an increase in leg muscle activation.
Study author Dr Simon Walker from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, said: 'Humans have a greater ability to produce force when lowering (eccentric) a load compared to lifting (concentric).
'So it seems logical to train with greater eccentric loads than those used during the concentric phase of the lift.'
How the study was carried out
Researchers from McGill University in Montreal analyzed 827 men and 914 women aged between 67 and 84 over three years.