Posted by guzzFIT on 05/20/2019

The Health Benefits Of Building Muscle

The Health Benefits Of Building Muscle

The health benefits of building more lean muscle far exceed achieving a desired body image.

Statistically we begin losing lean muscle mass at the age of 25. By the age of 40 our lean muscle mass decreases by about 8% per decade until the age of 70 when it starts to decrease at 15% per decade.

The more muscle you build the more easily you:

·      Lift the ones you love

·      Enjoy sport and recreational pursuits

·      Carry items at work or that you’ve shopped for

·      Maintain and secure balance on uneven surfaces

·      Align your knees, hips, shoulders and spine!

The more muscle you build the better you can:

·      Increase your metabolic rate

·      Control blood sugar levels

·      Manage body fat

·      Gain self-confidence

·      Improve bone density.

The physical health benefits of strength training are incredible yet the self-confidence you gain from the achievement is just as incredible!

Building muscle helps manage body fat

Few organs burn more calories by weight than muscle does. Your brain can, however it’s not possible to grow a bigger brain in order to burn more calories. 

Building more muscle mass is the best option to burn more calories and boost your metabolism!

If your metabolic rate drops it becomes more and more difficult to prevent accumulating body fat. Cutting back on calorie intake with an underperforming metabolism only leads to further muscle loss and further slowing of your metabolic rate.

Adding cardiovascular training on top of a reduced-calorie diet further speeds the rate of muscle loss!

More muscle helps control blood sugar.

Strength training increases the size of type II muscle fibres; this provides more storage space for carbohydrates which in turn reduces blood sugar levels.

Insulin resistance develops when the body’s blood sugar levels remain elevated for prolonged periods of time. The only two places sugar can be stored in our body is in the liver and in our muscles. The liver has a small capacity and although our muscle storage is also limited you can always build more muscle to create more storage space for blood sugar.

One of the reasons people experience rises in blood sugar levels as they age is due to loss of muscle.

More muscle improves bone density.

Stimulating our bodies by putting them under loads and subjecting them to resistance maximises bone density levels. Like muscles, when bones encounter heavy resistance their density actually increases.

Increasing your body muscle mass balance around major joints actually improves some forms of arthritis.

Strong muscles almost always translate to strong bones.


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