Benefit from the feeling that comes with moving and performing everyday tasks better.
Jumping out of a car with confident swing in your step, bending to pick something up out without feeling any twinges or aches and putting pants on without tumbling into the nearest solid object.
These are the everyday things we can take for granted when we are young and mobile. As we age these basics become harder to perform with ease. It does not have to be this way. Yes, if you don’t use it, you lose it. If you do however, these tasks will just scratch the surface of your movement potential.
Training therefore should transcend the bounds of the gym, and beyond movements that improve our aesthetic. After all, most our lives are lived outside the gym. A well-designed program that you can stick to will deliver the muscle growth and movement efficiency that comes with it.
Support muscle growth and healthy tissue
This is done by:
– Ensuring adequate protein intake (.8-1.2g Protein/kg of body weight a day)
– Eating a variety of colours, and high quality, unprocessed foods.
– Avoiding excessive alcohol, sugar and other highly processed foods that hamper muscle growth and harm healthy tissue.
– Getting 7-9 hours quality sleep every night.
For more information on sleep, find the following past article.
Improve your metabolism, Not just by increasing your rate of metabolism (fat burning) but optimising nutrient use too.
Your resilience to injury: Not only does having adequate muscle prevent falls and improve our movements, muscle acts as a shock absorber too. So if you do get into a bit of a scrape with a bench or slippery surface, your muscle can act to bear the brunt of the force and so protect your more delicate joints and bones.
Offsets the decline associated with ageing: As we age we are more susceptible to a process known as sarcopenia whereby you we lose muscle which results in poor metabolic function and decrease. movement quality.