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.

Breathe Deeply, Live Healthier, Happier, and Longer

Breathe Deeply
Breathe Deeply

Breathe Deeply

When you provide a generous flow of oxygen into your body, 100 trillion cells become more alive! This enables the four main organs of your body-the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys- to operate and perform better. Your miracle-working bloodstream purifies and cleanses every part of your body.  This helps eliminate toxic wastes as Mother Nature planned, and the fuel and vital oxygen are carried to every cell in your body.  We are designed to eliminate 70% of our toxins through breathing.  If you do not breathe deeply,  you are not ridding your body of toxins.  The more toxic poison you burn up, the more vitality you will create!

With plenty of oxygen your muscles, tendons and joints function smoothly!  Your skin becomes firmer and more resilient and your complexion clearer and more glowing.  You will radiate with greater health and well-being for a longer, healthier life!  When you get more oxygen, you sleep better.  Oxygen is Mother Nature’s great miracle beautifier.

Deep Breathing Promotes a Healthy Body

When you breath deep your brain will be more alert and your nervous system functions better.  You will be free from tension because you can easily take the stresses and pressures in a calmer way.  Your emotions will come under control.  You’ll feel joyous and exuberant.  Many nervous diseases are due to oxygen starvation.  Deep, diaphragmatic breathing tranquilizes jangled nerves, stimulates the brain with clear thinking and more alertness to help solve any life problems and make wise decisions.  It relaxes the body and releases endorphins-natural pain-killers that create a natural high.

The intentional breather enjoys more peace of mind, tranquility and serenity.  You can concentrate better by taking long, slow, deep breaths.  Also, appropriate breathing stimulates brain cells and promotes new brain cell growth.  Oxygen stimulates your brain and logic and intelligence!

Inhale More Oxygen

People who inhale larger amounts of oxygen are happier people.  Super Power Breathing cleanses your body of psychological and physical poisons and gives you more joy and emotional well-being.

With a clean, purified body and an ample supply of oxygen you can enjoy a more youthful, energetic healthful body for a longer life.  Now, close your eyes, relax and take a few minutes to do some slow, deep breathing.

Air is an important energizer.  The more deeply you breathe pure air, the better your chances are for extending your life.  One of the most important of all physical acts is to breath correctly.  The rhythm and depth of breath affects the state of your mind and body health.  Taking deeper breaths will bring in more oxygen.

Many people suffer from poor circulation in various parts of the body, because they don’t get sufficient oxygen to produce a steady blood circulation into their extremities, they have cold hands, feet, noses and ears.  The more oxygen you get into your body, it is better for your circulation, heart, and hands and feet will be warmer.

For further information see my post There’s a “Right” and a “Wrong” Way to Breathe?

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.

 

There’s a “Right” and a “Wrong” Way to Breathe?

A Right and a Wrong Way to Breathe?

While it may seem you certainly know how to breathe, most of us actually breathe in such a way as to put our health in jeopardy.

In fact, the whole field of breathing and breath-work has enormous potential for improvement.  As breathing techniques are promoted in yoga, Pilates, and meditative methods, they all tend to focus on taking big, deep breaths-which is actually the opposite of what you should do.

Right Way to Breathe
Right Way to Breathe

According to Patrick McKeown in the Buteyko Breathing Method in his book, The Oxygen Advantage: The Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques for a Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter You, two of the most common problems are over breathing (hyperventilating) and mouth breathing, both of which have adverse health ramifications, and can have harmful consequences if done during exercise.

As Patrick wrote the habit of over breathing is set in place, it tends to become and remain chronic, and to recover you need to use some sort of relearning technique, such as the one devised by Russian doctor Konstantin Buteyko.  While in medical training he noticed that the sicker the patient got, the heavier they breathed.  Later, he also recorded he could lower his blood pressure simply by bringing his breathing toward normal, and in this same way he successfully “cured” his own hypertension.

Effects of Hyperventilation Syndrome

So what exactly is hyperventilation, or “over breathing?”  Hyperventilation is defined as “breathing in excess of metabolic requirements of the body at that time.”  Some symptoms are:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Frequent sighing
  • Noticeable or audible breathing during rest
  • Yawning with big breaths
  • Sleep apnea
  • Missed heart beats
  • Cold hand and feet
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness, tingling, and pins and needles
  • Irritable cough
  • Anxiety, panic and phobias
  • Allergies
  • Acid re flux, heartburn
  • Gas, belching, bloating, and abdominal discomfort
  • Weakness; exhaustion
  • Disturbed sleep, including nightmares

What is Normal Breathing?

Normal breathing equates to 10 to 12 breaths per minute.  Interestingly, breathing for people with asthma tends to be more breaths per minute.  Asthmatics and those with sleep apnea breathe far too much-as much as three times more than normal- and this dysfunctional breathing pattern is part of their disease profile.

So, what causes this dysfunctional breathing in the first place?  Most dysfunctional patterns are rooted in the modern lifestyle.  Factors include:

  • Overeating
  • Stress
  • Excessive talking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Asthma
  • High temperature indoors

Over breathing not only reduces carbon dioxide, it also reduces the delivery of oxygen to the tissues and organs in your body.  It can cause severe constriction of your carotid arteries, and can reduce the amount of available oxygen to your brain by half.  This is why you feel light headed when breathing too hard.

The Buteyko Breathing Method

Dr. Buteyko discovered the level of carbon dioxide in your lungs correlates to your ability to hold your breath after normal exhalation.  Repeat the following exercise several times in succession, waiting about 30 to 60 seconds in between rounds.  And do the exercise on a regular basis.

  • Sit up Straight
  • Take a small breath in through your nose, and a small breath out.
  • Pinch your nose with your fingers and hold your breath. Keep your mouth closed.
  • Gently nod your head or sway your body until you feel that you cannot hold your breath any longer. (Hold your nose until you feel a strong desire to breathe.)
  • When you need to breathe in, let go of your nose, and breathe gently through it, in and out, with your mouth closed.
  • Calm your breathing as soon as possible.

I strongly recommend integrating it into your lifestyle, and into your exercise. To learn more, check out,

The Oxygen Advantage,  is a powerful tool that can help improve your health, longevity, quality of life, and athletic performance.

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.