(HealthDay News) -- Maintaining strong and healthy muscles is particularly important for seniors, who tend to lose muscle as they age.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these muscle-strengthening suggestions:

  • Engage in vigorous gardening, such as by shoveling or digging.
  • Lift weights, or work out with a resistance band.
  • Practice yoga.
  • Opt for exercises that naturally use your body weight for resistance, such as by performing sit ups and push ups.