It was my last year at University, and the final exam was coming up. This final exam is called the thesis; you have to work on a subject that can be measured and proven, and defend your research in front of a group of influential people that are experts in the field.
I was working on this with a group of University friends, and together we agreed that we wanted to work on Sarcopenia.
You might be thinking: “What is that?”
Don't worry - at this stage I wasn't familiar either, but I remember recognising ‘Sarco’ from Sarcomero (the muscle cell).
Here’s the dictionary definition, from Wikipedia:
Sarcopenia is a type of muscle loss that occurs with aging and immobility. It is characterised by the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality, and strength. The rate of muscle loss is dependent on exercise level, co-morbidities, nutrition and other factors
Now you might be asking, why did we choose this topic?
We chose to investigate Sarcopenia because we were wondering what happens to our muscles and body as we get older, particularly if we were to do no movement or exercise.
As part of our research we gathered a group of people who were sedentary (not very active) and put in place a weekly exercise plan. During our study, we checked in on our subjects by asking them to perform fitness tests. After a month of research we found that a 30 to 60 minute exercise class was enough for our test subjects to improve their heart rate, body fat, and body mass.
Our research confirmed that it is possible to delay Sarcopenia with a regular exercise plan and a healthy diet.
After we passed the exam, I became fascinated with this topic, and decided to study it further.