How to Keep Muscle Tone as You Age

Keep Firm Muscle As You Age

Aging muscle needs to be kept in shape, because long periods of no use cause degeneration of cells and are more challenging to overcome.  It may seem like common sense that if you don’t keep muscles toned , eventually they will get waste away.  Younger muscle tissue has as much as four times more regenerative stem cells compared to old muscle.

If you at all able to move, you can do much to prevent muscle atrophy by incorporating some strength exercise into your healthy lifestyle routine.  Start gently and work at a pace that is appropriate for your age and current level of fitness.

Also keep in mind that if you are older, and have been sedentary or immobile for some time, suddenly exercising vigorously can cause scarring and inflammation of your muscles, so start off slowly.

That said, I believe that it is never too late to start an exercise program.

Getting professional help from a properly educated personal trainer or physical therapist is probably the wisest and safest way to go if you are new to exercise, or it has been a period of time.

Muscle Tone
Muscle Tone

How Strength Training Benefits As You Age

Maintaining healthy muscle tone is not the only benefit from a regular exercise program.  Preventing heart disease and osteoporosis are two other major benefits.

A key strategy to reduce your risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases is to keep your inflammation levels low, and visceral fat that shows up in your abdomen and surround your vital organs is another component for reducing risk.

How Does this Work?

The more muscle tone you have, the more calories you burn because they consume calories even when resting and sleeping.  So, you gain more muscle and your body naturally increases the number of calories burned, which reduces fat stores.

Strength Training Can Reduce Osteoporosis

Your bones are actually very porous and soft, and as you get older, you bones can easily become less dense and more brittle.  Especially if you are inactive.

Resistance training can combat this because as you put more tension on your muscles it puts more pressure on your bones, which then create new bone.

It is Never Too Late

Keep in mind that optimal health is dependent on an active lifestyle, eating fresh, whole foods, and avoiding as many processed foods as possible, and limiting or controlling the stress in your life.

So, start moving, and don’t stop no matter what your age!

And include strength training into your fitness.  It is the number one way to remain strong, young and independent well into old age.

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

Improve your Heart Health, Alzheimer’s and Cancer Prevention with EXERCISE

Lack of Exercise Linked to Heart Failure

Low levels of physical activity, put you at risk for heart disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

People who exercise at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week had a 33 percent lower risk of heart failure than inactive people.

Couple Cycling
Coupling Cycling

Exercise May Slow Memory Loss

Exercise can also reduce your risk of the disease as well as help with treatment.  In a study of patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s who exercised had significantly fewer neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with the disease.

Among the participants, a walking program also led to improvements in cardio respiratory health.

In a study of seniors 60 to 80 who walked 30 to 45 minutes, three days per week, for one year increased in volume of their hippocampus by 2 percent.  Higher fitness levels were also associated with a larger prefrontal cortex.

Breast Cancer Recurrence, Reduced by Exercise

In terms of cancer, exercise is also important for both prevention and treatment.  In a study that examined lifestyle factors to help prevent breast cancer recurrence, exercise was on top.  Those who exercise regularly reduced their risk of dying from breast cancer by 40 percent compared with those who do not exercise.

High levels of cardiorespiratory fitness in middle age also helped men survive cancer, reducing their risk of dying from lung, bowel and prostate cancer by nearly one-third.

Why Wait?

If you have an exercise program now, good for you.  If you’re looking for some motivation to get started, look at the benefits you gain from exercise.  Concentrate on the rewards, such as being able to think more clearly and improving your mood.  You can avoid heart disease and cancer, and weight gain.

Next, block your calendar like you would any other appointment, and JUST DO IT!  The more you move the more you’ll reap the benefits and the highs that go along with it.  Remember, also, that exercise is only one part of staying physically active.  It is equally important to keep from being sedentary during your non-exercise time.  Replace your sitting time with active movement.

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

Fitness Tracker-Which Should You Buy?

Fitness Tracker-Which Should You Buy?

Combine a highly evolved pedometer with a mini-computer and a virtual coach and what do you have?  A fitness tracker.  These high-tech gadgets contain sensors that pick up data about your body (heart rate), activity (steps taken and calories burned), sleep, and more.

With dozens on the market, how should you choose?

Mix or Match Based on Your Goals

Each device has its own combo of special features.  Be on the lookout for features like these:

Fitness Tracker
Fitness Tracker

Step Counter.   Most devices show you the number of steps you take and how many miles that equals.  If walking or running is your main exercise, this is the feature you’ll use most.  Shop for devices that ask for the length of your footstep.  They’ll provide the most accurate information.

Calories Burned.   The harder you exercise and the more you move throughout the day the more calories you burn.  Be sure to look for devices that ask for your weight and gender to get the most accurate results.

Sleep Tracker.  A few devices track sleep.  Most give you an indicator of how much sleep you get vs. how much you toss and turn.  Getting enough sleep can help you lose weight.  Too little sleep may lower your metabolism and increase your appetite.

Heart Monitor.   This information will help you know when to rev up or slow down and recover.  If you have heart problems or take certain blood pressure medicines, ask your doctor if checking your heart rate during exercise is a good way to measure your exercise intensity.

GPS.  Some gadgets have built-in GPS to estimate your speed.

Water Resistance.  Some trackers are water-resistant,  so you can shower with them on, but not swim.  A few specialty devices, like swimming watches, are fully waterproof.  A few combine swim tracking and bike tracking.

Smartphone Tracker
Smartphone Tracker

Sync Technology.  Want updates on the go?  Look for devices that sync wireless.  Others require you to plug into the jack on your smartphone or computer.

Size.  Trackers come small enough to clip to your waistband.  Some can fit in your pocket.   Others are worn like watches.  Make sure you like the design and it is comfortable.

Try Before You Buy.  Since there are so many options, choice becomes confusion.  Which tracker has the features that are right for you and the activities you do?  If you want to try a tracker out before committing to it, I recommend Lumoid, a service that lets you try three trackers for a week for $35.  Another way to try fitness tracking in general is to use a mobile app.  Some apps I like are Argus, Fitbit, and Moves.  If you run or bicycle a few apps are Runtastic PRO (for running), Cyclemeter (for bicycling, and Strava (for both running and cycling).

Set Your Spending Limit

In general, most trackers cost between $50. and $250.

Define your fitness goals that you would like to track, do your research, and choose your device.  You will be glad you did.

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.