Among the causes of aging, high insulin levels are the biggest threat to the length and quality of your life and maintaining control of your blood sugar levels in the normal range is key to slowing the aging process.
Maintaining muscle tissue through the years and decades is vital for healthy aging, because muscles hold the cells that burn fuel for energy. The more muscle you have, the more glucose-disposal and glucose-control you have.
Unfortunately, an adult loses muscle tissue at the rate of one half pound per year (if they are not working to keep it) and this rate doubles after age 50.
This gradual but progressive loss of muscle mass and function (sarcopenia) is quickly being recognized as a major health concern. It has been linked to increased functional disability, loss of independence and decreased life expectancy.
But, the good news is, research reveals that proper exercise training significantly enhances the cellular machinery responsible for making new proteins, which in turn, contributes to protein synthesis, thus reversing the major adverse effect of muscle tissue loss during adult years.
Maintaining a certain high intensity when lifting weights, protects precious muscle tissue/muscle mass and automatically provides an energy, enthusiasm and zest for life and living. (Degree of intensity is defined as working as hard as you possibly can. Regarding weight training, it means giving your best effort using the most weight you can for the required amount of repetitions you can do in any given exercise while always keeping good form).
Just visit your local gym and check out the regulars. They are easy to spot.
With strong muscles and bones (exercising helps to strengthen bone in addition to muscle), they sport better posture and carry themselves like much younger people with a youthful mindset and vitality that is unique to strong, healthy, fit people. These dedicated health conscious individuals enjoy the constant trickle of important “youth” or growth factor hormones like testosterone, thyroid and Growth Hormone (their reward for resistance/weight training) that otherwise decline with age.
These avid gym goers are there for a reason. They are aware of the hormonal benefits (a boost in hormones associated with vitality and youth) that resistance training provides, and, because of this, a good deal of what they do in the gym is built around resistance training.
Step out into your community, and you see too much of the opposite. Tired looking, overweight people with unhealthy, dull complexions, and droopy shoulders that struggle to move properly. They are not benefiting from the positive metabolic by-products and hormonal stimuli that physically challenging their body regularly provides.
A quick glance in their dull, lifeless eyes, and it’s easy to see the life force being sucked from them like the outgoing tide.
For years, fitness professionals have exclaimed the functional movement and health benefits that resistance training provides. Now, they can share with their clients that regular, progressive resistance training also improves the muscles’ longevity profile at the molecular level.
Based on current research, there’s simply no substitute for exercise when it comes to delaying the aging process. More than any other discipline, weight or resistance exercise performed with adequate effort has been shown to keep cells young more than any other.
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– Carolyn “The 10-Minute Sandbag Workout” Hansen
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