EVERY BODY WELCOME AT MOVEMENT

 With an infatuation for youth and the striving for unrealistic, photoshopped bodies, it’s difficult to wade through the new diet and workout fads of the moment while wondering if any sort of physical training is actually something beneficial or merely a farce. Contrary to magazine portrayals of how the human body should look, your health is very important; exercising and conditioning can help you achieve your best body. Correct body conditioning can also help strengthen and prevent injuries.

Did you know that as we age, we start to lose muscle mass? It’s true. It can be rebuilt, but it will take effort. In women, according to an article on Livestrong.com by Erin Zeggert, it is imperative to maintain muscle to help reduce the chances of injuries from falls especially since muscle loss occurs in the 40s and rapidly decreases in the 50s. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends strength training, at least two sessions per week.

For men, it has been shown that muscle loss can begin after the age of 30. In a Harvard Health Publishing article, Harvard’s Men’s Health Watch (February 2016), men can lose anywhere from three to five percent of muscle mass per decade. This age-related muscle loss is called sarcopenia and is a natural part of aging. According to Dr. Thomas W. Storer, director of exercise physiology and physical function lab at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital says, “Older men can indeed increase muscle mass lost as a consequence of aging. It takes work, dedication, and a plan, but it is never too late to rebuild muscle and maintain it.”

Muscle loss can be overcome with hard work, consistency, the right type of strength training—no two bodies are the same, dedication, and a positive outlook. Every bodyhas worth and value and deserves to be treated with care. What are you doing to show your body its worth? Why don’t you set up a consultation today and find out how you can learn to nurture and respect your body with the individual needs your body requires.

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