Maintaining Muscle Mass
Friday, June 26, 2015
We create good muscle mass by resistance exercise that stimulates the muscle to grow. The loss of muscle mass can create a domino affect.
Imagine if you lined up ten dominos in a row, and each represented one determinant of aging that you could control. The first domino would be muscle mass, and once you knocked it over (had a loss of muscle mass) each of the other dominos would be knocked over (that is, they would be affected negatively).
A positive way to look at this is that by maintaining or increasing your muscle mass you help keep all of the other nine determinants of aging at good levels.
These are some of the benefits that a well planned strength program will provide (and the great news is, you don’t have to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger or work as hard as he did to get these benefits):
- Increased muscular strength, endurance and tone
- Increased ligament and tendon strength, which reduces arthritic pain
- Increased bone density, the opposite of osteoporosis
- Better posture
- Easier acquisition of sport skills
- Greater joint stability
- Higher resting metabolic rate – which means one burns more calories, therefore promoting weight loss and maintenance. Each pound of muscle tissue gained increases the resting metabolism by 35 calories a day.
- Less risk of injury and falls
- Aid in childbearing
- Reduced chronic lower back pain
- Improved cholesterol levels 42