By Paul Dexter, Copyright 2014
Lean muscle mass (muscle tissue) starts to decrease 2% every year after the age of 25. As we get older, it is even more important to strength train, because between the ages of 40-60, muscle mass decreases by as much as 20%!
Loss of muscle- a condition called sarcopenia – leads to joint deterioration, decreased mobility, bone loss, poor blood sugar metabolism, depressed energy levels, and premature death. Scientists have discovered effective techniques for preventing muscle loss in aging adults-STAY ACTIVE!
Physical activity prevents loss of muscle mass and strength, and optimizes muscle metabolic health. Include cardiovascular exercise, high-quality protein with every meal, and most importantly – strength training, into your training program.
If you don’t use it, you will lose it. I can’t emphasize it enough how important it is to maintain a proper strength training regimen as we get older. The benefits are endless. As we get older, we do get tired. The stresses become greater, and the desire to exercise may dwindle. But, this is when you must remember, that exercise is what will make you have more energy, live longer, and have a higher quality of life.
I work 12 hours per day. Train 8-10 appointments per day. Manage a staff of 15. Run a business. Make time for my wife and two kids. I do some form of exercise 6 days per week. Why, you ask? ….. Because if I don’t, I can’t do any of those above things.
I’ll admit, many times I am exhausted and don’t want to workout. I’ll procrastinate doing work in my office that could wait. But, I get up and force myself and when I am done – I am rejuvenated, with more energy and focus. Making me a better trainer, employer, business owner, and most importantly husband and father.
Key tip is – don’t let exercise be on the “if I get to it” list. You must make it a top priority – like remembering to pick up your kids! If you don’t give yourself the option of not doing it, you will be thanking yourself in the long run.
You can make time for being healthy now, or you can make time for being sick later.