From the time we are born until we turn 30, our muscles generally grow larger and stronger. But unfortunately, some time in our early 30’s most people begin to lose muscle mass. People who are inactive lose up to 5% of their muscle mass every 10 years, so by 80 that could mean up to a 50% reduction in muscle, strength, and as a consequence frailty and immobility.
Chances are that right after a workout you’ll have a healthy appetite. But resist the urge to rush to the fridge and eat the first thing that catches your eye without first giving some careful consideration to what you body really needs. Otherwise that snack or meal could inadvertently undermine some of the positive benefits of your workout session.
Round and round we go: Here comes another shorts and bathing-suit season. For many of us, it’s really not about the list, since we already know what to do. It’s about getting inspired and re-energized to tackle those two lifestyle habits we know so well: eating and exercise. Think of it as being reborn anew just in time for some fun in the sun, and consider this your starting point.
I have always thought of myself as a guy pretty much ready for any type of physical activity. After doing the Hawaii Ironman, climbing the Matterhorn during a snow storm, and doing a few 24 hour adventure races, my perspective has been that I am ready for just about anything.
Almost 50% of people who join a gym and start a new fitness program quit within 6 months. The main reason people give-up and stop exercising is lack of results, so joining a health club alone is clearly not the solution for the 60% of Americans who say they are trying to lose weight.
Your mom shares it. Your best friend shares it. Your spouse shares it. Your favorite magazine shares it: diet and weight loss advice. And more likely than not, all the advice they’ve shared has varied greatly from true (eat your veggies) to downright silly (sprinkle this powder on your pizza and the fat “melts” away) and from one person to the next.
Writing about health and fitness, I admit I can get a little overly philosophical. This was put in perspective for me the other day when I was in the gym and saw a woman I see there only every three or four months. I looked over at her running on the treadmill and saw someone who’d made a small transformation to her body.