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Fitness: Build, maintain and protect your lean muscle level

People suddenly start gaining weight in their 40’s and 50’s… with absolutely no change to their diet. Here is why and how you can fight it.

As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass. The Average American will lose 40% of lean muscle tissue between the ages 25 to 65. Besides the obvious changes this makes to our appearance, this loss of muscle causes our metabolism to slow down.

Strength training just 2-3 times a week is all you need to maintain your lean muscle level so that you look and feel younger. When it comes to looking younger, the secret of strength training is that muscle is denser than fat, so it takes up less space in your body and will give you a leaner and younger appearance. Also, because muscle is more metabolically active you burn calories at a higher rate. This means that when your lean muscle level is high, you consume more calories without gaining weight. Moreover, a strenuous workout will not only burn calories during the workout, but it will rev up your metabolism and cause your body to burn calories at a faster rate for the rest of the day.

Weight maintenance and youthful appearance are just a few benefits of the strength training; it has a profound effect on your health and overall well-being. Nobody wants to look young and feel old. Strength training will increase your energy and stamina, improve your flexibility and balance as well as minimize your chances of injury. It helps to maintain bone density and by strengthening your core, it will improve your posture and overall back health.

Here are some benefits of strength training:

  • Trim and Toned Appearance
  • Increased Strength and Stamina
  • Revved-up Metabolism
  • Improved Flexibility
  • Fewer Aches, Pains and Injuries
  • Build Bone Density

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