It’s no secret that there is an abundance of benefits to working out and prioritizing your health. The list of positive effects is endless, as are the workout plans and dietary options. One particular topic that deserves more attention is the importance of strength training and maintaining muscle mass.
According to Tony Robbins’ book, Life Force, “A prestigious medical journal reported that muscle mass is just as important as blood pressure and how much you weigh,” and that “the study in the Annals of Medicine found that people with low muscle mass had outcomes that were associated with more surgical complications, longer hospital stays and poorer quality of life.”
Let’s explore some of the benefits of strength training and sustaining healthy muscle mass:
Improved Metabolic Rate:
High muscle mass can improve your metabolic rate, which means your body will burn more calories even at rest. This can help with weight loss and weight management.
Improved Bone Density:
Resistance training and other forms of exercise that build muscle mass can also improve bone density, which can help to prevent conditions like osteoporosis. This can be especially important for older individuals, who are more at risk for developing osteoporosis.
Improved Insulin Sensitivity:
Building more muscle mass can also improve an individual’s insulin sensitivity, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels and prevent conditions like type 2 diabetes.
Improved Heart Health:
Regular strength training can improve your heart health by increasing your heart rate and reducing your blood pressure. This can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Enhanced Mental Health:
In addition to the physical benefits of having more muscle mass, building muscle can also have positive effects on an individual’s mental health. Exercise has been shown to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost self-esteem, all of which can contribute to better overall mental health.
Better Balance and Coordination:
Stronger muscles can improve your balance and coordination, which can help to prevent falls and other accidents.
Increased Life Span:
A no-brainer, but worthy of repeating. Regular exercise, including strength training, has been linked to a longer lifespan and a reduced risk of premature death.
“Muscle mass should be considered a new vital sign, because it gives you youth and energy and strength. It makes you look better. It makes you feel better. Whether you’re a man or woman, increasing muscle mass is within your reach, no matter how old you are.” -Tony Robbins
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