Have you ever stopped and though about how important muscles are?
When we think about our bodies, there are some things that are common knowledge, like too much body fat is bad and exercise will make you stronger and healthier. We have all said or heard “I would like to be skinnier”, ” I would like to be more defined”,” I would like bigger arms, booty, chest” etc. We understand that excess body fat is bad and HIIT training can help our overall fitness and wellbeing.
Wanting to look different is fine, its all a personal choice and brings many people happiness if done in a healthy way. HIIT training and not holding too much body fat, especially around the abdomen, are both very important for good health.
Have you ever stopped and thought about muscles and what they do though? Sure they support your body and enable you to move, to lift, to run and jump. But the muscles in your body are used for much more than just movement. They have a profound effect on metabolism and hormones too.
According to world renowned doctor, Dr Gabrielle Lyon, a functional medicine practitioner who has spent many years studying the effects of protein and muscle mass on health and longevity. She specialises in nutrition and geriatric medicine. “The more muscle you have in middle life the longer and healthier you will live”. She states that “sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass in aging) is a leading cause of death and disability in the elderly”.
So what can we do about it? Well muscle growth happens in response to two things. Resistance training and protein consumption. For a guide to your optimal protein consumption, check out some of the specialists in the field like Dr Donald Layman, DR Stuart Phillips, Dr Lyon or read the PRO-TAGE study.
At the Station we are not Drs or nutritionist but we can definitely help you with a resistance training program to keep you feeling younger and stronger. We offer lots of classes with body weight resistance, weight training, kettle bell training and more. Stay strong, stay young, but do it safely