Aging is more than living a long time.
Your body experiences many changes.
Some changes are not so bad.
Others down right suck.
We may have to follow the path to old age.
But, we are not required to go without a fight.
Biomarkers of Strength As We Age
By Rich Carroll
Strength training is not just the youthful person's exercise. Unless we do something about it by the time we reach our 70s strength and muscle tone will have declined as much as 25% from our 30s. That increases to 50% by the time we reach our 90s, again if we do not anything about it. As we age, we might think that since we can not increase muscle mass to a great degree, then what is the purpose.
The thing is there are plenty of reasons why we should keep our strength up as we age. More muscle mass provides a higher resting metabolic rate. This enables us to keep the pounds off. This is because after strength exercise we can continue burning calories as much as three days later. This is not the case with traditional cardio.
Other benefits are increasing our range of motion, the ability to do tasks and the prevention of osteoporosis. Strength training is a true key to healthy aging.
Here are a few of the markers that tell us how our strength is:
1. Bone density.
3. Blood pressure.
4. Blood glucose level.
5. Body composition.
Strength training can reverse the changes in body composition as people age. In particular, when it relates to lean muscle mass and stronger bones. Aging body composition is a pathway for many diseases and contributes to age-related disabilities. Nonetheless, lean muscle allows us to remain more vibrant in our later years.
Where you carry your weight has much to do with your overall health. It is a marker for issues having to do with the kidneys and liver. Find out more about how to put on safe weight through diet and exercise on our website http://muscle4weightloss.com/.
Rich Carroll is a writer and avid health advocate now living in Chicago.