The Ben­e­fits of Main­tain­ing Mus­cle

This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant with a seden­tary life­style

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Kat Mil­lar

There are many ar­ti­cles that talk about the ben­e­fits of in­creas­ing mus­cle and this is im­por­tant, how­ever you can also reap a host of ben­e­fits by sim­ply main­tain­ing your mus­cle. Train­ing to main­tain the mus­cle that you have, can be a pow­er­ful goal. This ar­ti­cle will present the range of ben­e­fits of mus­cle main­te­nance and ad­vise on ways to ac­com­plish the healthy main­te­nance of your mus­cle.

Whether we like it or not, the in­escapable truth is that our bod­ies are un­der­go­ing an age­ing process. If we don’t take steps to re­verse the process, such as do­ing reg­u­lar, ef­fec­tive ex­er­cise, then over time we grad­u­ally get weaker, more un­fit and in­vari­ably our pos­ture and qual­ity of life de­clines. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant now, given the large amount of time sit­ting in front of de­vices at work and in the home.

The good news is that there are ways to slow the ag­ing process and mus­cle main­te­nance is a great way to start!

By per­form­ing re­sis­tance train­ing, you are pro­tect­ing your mus­cle, which is su­per-im­por­tant as the years go by.

The ben­e­fits of main­tain­ing your mus­cle:

1. Mus­cle is metabol­i­cally ac­tive tis­sue and it helps your body to burn calo­ries. It helps reg­u­late your blood sugar.

2. Mus­cle gives your body its shape, curves and con­tours.

3. It al­lows you to more eas­ily per­form ev­ery­day phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties like pick­ing up heavy bags of gro­ceries, car­ry­ing chil­dren and climb­ing stairs.

4. Mus­cle can help you keep fit, pre­vent dis­ease and al­lows you to re­cover faster from in­jury.

There are a num­ber of phys­i­cal ben­e­fits achieved by main­tain­ing your mus­cle; how­ever, there’s more than just the phys­i­cal side. Ex­er­cise and lift­ing a rea­son­able amount of weight can help mo­ti­vate you to be more dis­ci­plined in other ar­eas of your life­style, such as healthy eat­ing. Feel­ing strong and healthy is ad­dic­tive and so is see­ing re­sults!

And, of course, firm mus­cle can gen­er­ally just make us look bet­ter – clothes on or off!

So how do I main­tain my mus­cle?

One of the first steps in any ex­er­cise pro­gram is to have your Gen­eral Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tioner check your health and fit­ness be­fore you com­mence. It’s also im­por­tant to have a Fit­ness Pro­fes­sional teach you the cor­rect tech­nique and mon­i­tor your form, so that you are not prac­tic­ing bad habits. If you’re not us­ing re­sis­tance train­ing, I highly ad­vise that you add re­sis­tance train­ing to your ex­er­cise rou­tine and watch your body change. If you do it prop­erly, you’ll look and feel bet­ter and stronger.

If you are al­ready re­sis­tance train­ing, re­mem­ber to keep chang­ing it and chal­leng­ing your

mus­cles with dif­fer­ent rou­tines and ex­er­cises. Pro­grams have an ex­piry date – many things work, but noth­ing works for­ever. One of the most im­por­tant laws in re­sis­tance train­ing is the law of pro­gres­sive over­load, which is the grad­ual in­crease of stress placed upon the body dur­ing ex­er­cise. You can ma­nip­u­late a num­ber of vari­ables to pro­vide an over­load.

ARE THERE ANY COM­MON PIT­FALLS OR MIS­TAKES PEO­PLE MAKE?

The main mis­takes are:

1. Think­ing that be­cause you’ve trained in the past, then that’s enough. It needs to be a reg­u­lar prac­tice in or­der to con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits. Re­mem­ber that ‘what makes mus­cle, keeps mus­cle’.

2. At­tempt­ing to build mus­cle with­out suf­fi­cient nu­tri­ent in­take. What many peo­ple tend to do when build­ing or main­tain­ing mus­cle, is to re­strict their amount of calo­rie in­take for too long.

3. mak­ing the mis­take of fo­cus­ing on quan­tity of ex­er­cise rather than qual­ity. This is the ex­act op­po­site of what you should do. Its not about do­ing more and more, it’s about find­ing the best ex­er­cises for you and do­ing them prop­erly and con­sis­tently.

FI­NAL THOUGHTS…

If you’re al­ready do­ing some re­sis­tance train­ing, per­haps it’s time for a new pro­gram if your cur­rent one is get­ting stale. If you haven’t started, add in re­sis­tance train­ing and en­joy the ben­e­fits!

Kat Mil­lar works with peo­ple glob­ally to im­prove their health, con­fi­dence and en­ergy. Since 2003, through her coach­ing, train­ing, on­line pro­grams and sem­i­nars, Kat has helped al­most a thou­sand peo­ple to achieve their goals. Kat is an award-win­ning fig­ure com­peti­tor, fit­ness lec­turer and NLP prac­ti­tioner and has a pas­sion for nutri­tion and be­havioural psy­chol­ogy. Kat of­fers a range of pro­grams for to­tal body trans­for­ma­tion and can be con­tacted through her web­site or her Face­book page.

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