Do You Realize How Important Your Muscle Strength Really Is?
Times have certainly changed. Could you imagine our mothers or grandmothers going to the gym? They didn't need to as there was enough muscle building and maintaining activities in their lives to keep them healthy. But that has all gone now; we enjoy household appliances, cars and technology instead and barely need to move a muscle to get through the day. And that is the problem.
Seems rather strange that we have removed all of the physical work from our lives to make them easier and more convenient but have not left our bodies the vigorous activity they need to stay healthy. Growth and repair hormones are stimulated when our muscles are challenged. This sweeps out old worn out cells and tissues replacing them with younger, stronger and healthier ones.
But no muscular work means no rejuvenating hormones and instead there is decay and deterioration. This downward spiral of declining health can last 10, 20 or more years making the last 10-15 years of a persons life miserable as physical function and health is slowly but surely siphoned away.
Without the 'work' that our ancestors have done for generations, the health of the worlds population has declined steadily since World War II. Exploding rates of so called 'lifestyle' diseases that are eighty percent preventable like heart disease, cancer and diabetes and dozens of others create the biggest health threat the world has ever faced.
To make matters worse children being born today are predicted to have a 20-30 year shortened lifespan. Not a good legacy to leave our grandchildren wouldn't you agree? The figures are astounding with 400 million people expected to die in the next decade of preventable and premature disease.
Yet the solution is so simple - why are more people not protecting themselves? All adults need to have an intentional exercise program that contains mostly strength training exercise yet only six out of ten adults do it. Just 2-3 sessions are needed each week, working our muscles through their ranges of movement under a load. How easy is that?
A heck of a lot easier than the alternative, but people always seem to have so many excuses. Somehow they would rather risk serious health issues and seem in some sort of denial about the importance of proper exercise. You would have to have been living under a rock for the last twenty years not to know the importance of proper exercise.
It is not an 'optional extra' or a 'frivolous luxury' but a vital necessity for self care and maintenance of all the body's systems.
We are not just talking about going for a walk here. We all have legs and we all walk but that is not a proper exercise program. Low intensity activity is never ever going to restore, rebuild or even maintain the strength of the muscular system. And that is precisely what is needed if you are to slow the aging process and protect your body from weakening as the years pass by.
Give yourself the biggest gift you could ever give yourself and get along to your local gym or fitness center and get yourself started on a strength training program. The multitude of benefits you will receive from such a small outlay of time and effort will delight you.
Some of those benefits are; an increase of energy, weight management, better mental and emotional stability, increased muscle and bone strength, fitness, endurance, vitality and zest for life and of course a huge reduction in disease risk.
No matter your age it will work just the same, whether you have 80 year old muscles or 30 year old muscles. The condition of your muscles is the greatest indicator of your overall health and wellness. It is in your hands how you want your future to be.
About the Author
Carolyn Hansen is a certified fitness expert and fitness center owner who coaches clients to look and feel younger. In her nearly 30 years of fitness and bodybuilding competition experience she has helped thousands of people start their journey towards being strong, fit and youthful at any age.
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Date Published : 2011-07-26 12:06:02
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