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Sarcopenia 2

“Well much of what we call aging is nothing more than the accumulation of a lifetime to inactivity.  Muscles shrink.  Body fat increases.  The results are an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, and osteoporosis.”  Dr William Evans.

Do you want me to add more to the above information?  The above quotation is an excerpt from the book titled The Edge of Strength written by Scot Iardella.  In Chapter 9 titled A Systems Approach to Strength, Scot introduces to the chapter by quoting Dr William Evans.  I believe, Dr William has summed it up very well on the ill effects of inactive lifestyle.  However, I would like to clarify and elaborate on the above statement.

  Lifetime of physical inactivity

How do you address a physically inactive lifestyle?  By being physically active.  Period.  There are a plethora of choices.  Football, martial arts, swimming, yoga, strength training, squash, running, hiking, etc.  I believe you have to embrace the physical activity, which you enjoy and can sustain in the long term.

 

 Muscle shrink

I believe muscle shrink and body fat increase go hand in hand.  However, strength training trumps over other alternatives in tackling muscle shrinkage.  The name of the game of strength or weight training is building muscle.  Sarcopenia doesn’t worry you. Click here to read more about sarcopenia.  Moreover, once you address muscle building through strength building you don’t have to worry about fat accumulation.  Strength training is a potent way to increase your metabolism, which in turn burns fat.

 Increased risk of diabetes and hypertension

Diabetes can be dealt relatively easily through strength training.  Muscle building can assist you in maintaining your blood sugar level in the long term.  However, consuming a healthy diet work together with physical activity.  Moreover, hypertension is closely related to diabetes.  They both seem to work in tandem.    So addressing diabetes can in turn help you to control hypertension.

  Osteoprosis

Post – menopausal, thin women have the highest rates of osteoporosis.  Additionally, men with low testosterone are also at risk.  However, strength training is very well known to assist people with osteoporosis.  Lifting weights is known to increase bone mineral density.

Time to lift the iron.

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