Nobody really likes to talk about aging and the negative effects it has on the body.
But the truth of the matter is, it happens to all of us, and it creeps up on you when you least expect it. So plan for the future now, whether it’s investing your money wisely or investing your time smartly and taking time to exercise, good health is the most important thing you can possess.
Strength and flexible muscles is your goal to prevent aging. Weak muscles cause accidents like falls and affect your quality of life. Imagine not being able to bend down to tie your own shoes or not having the strength to make it up a flight of stairs.
Strong muscles do not develop with cardio. In fact, if you don’t nourish your body adequately while performing long sessions of cardio, you will enter into a catabolic state. What this means is that your body will start feeding off your muscle tissue, deteriorating your muscle mass rather than building it up.
So what do you do?
Lift weights! Resistance training is rehabilitative, preventative, and anti-aging. And no, you will not bulk up like a freak, nor do you have to in order to strengthen your muscles. Light to medium resistance training at least three times a week is enough to improve your overall health, provided your diet is also in check.
How Strong Muscles Can Increase Longevity
Strong Muscles Improve Cardiac Health
- Strong muscles absorb oxygen and nutrients from the blood more efficiently, which causes less strain on the heart.
- Strong muscles are more efficient at physical exertion and require less of the heart.
Strong Muscles Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
- Strong muscles are more efficient at drawing sugar from the blood for energy.
- Strong muscles help regulate blood sugar levels.
Strong Muscles Help Control Weight
- Strong muscles take up a lot of real estate and burn calories more efficiently than weak muscles.
- Strong muscles help regulate your metabolism.
Strong Muscles Improve Quality of Life
- Strong muscles help with mobility and flexibility, so you can remain more active through your senior years.
- Exercise improves bone health and this helps reduce the risk of injuries and fractures, often reported as early as 65 years old.
Harvard Medical School, Healthbeat