WHY YOU WANT MORE MUSCLE
Losing fat gets a lot of attention, but building muscle has a huge impact on your wellness. Here’s what getting stronger does for you. ● IT SPEEDS UP YOUR METABOLISM. Muscle mass determines your basal metabolic rate – the number of calories you burn while you’re at rest. “The more muscle you have and the more active it is, the higher your metabolic rate will be,” Keith says. That means you can eat more without gaining weight. ● IT GIVES YOU ENERGY. Workouts build the most important muscle in your body: your heart. “Exercise makes your heart muscle bigger and stronger, which enables you to work out harder and longer,” Keith says. More muscle mass also makes physical activity feel easier, found research in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. ● IT HELPS YOU LIVE LONGER. Muscle mass is a better predictor of longevity than BMI, a long-term study in The American Journal of Medicine revealed. Yes, exercise itself prevents disease. But if you do get sick, having stronger muscles helps your body cope with the strain of illness better so that you can recover faster.