The Ageing Body

Use it or lose it

From the time you are born until around the age of 30, our muscles grow larger and stronger. But during our 30s we start to lose muscle mass and function due to a process called Sarcopenia (the loss of muscle mass and strength as a result of ageing).  The less active we are, the quicker the rate in which this happens.  It really is a case of use it or lose it.  Physically inactive people can lose as much as 3% to 8% of their muscle mass each decade, accelerating to 15% per decade after aged 50.

Loss of muscle mass and strength will, in turn, affect balance (and the inability to recover ourselves from impending trips or falls, leading to injuries and fractures), gait and the overall ability to perform tasks of daily living, including walking upstairs and simply being able to get up from the sofa.  Every living person should be doing squats. Squatting is truly the difference between living independently and retiring to an assisted living care home. If you cannot sit or stand unassisted, you cannot live alone.  Sorry to be brutal but losing muscle is a slow death sentence.

However, this ageing process can be slowed, stopped and even reversed by regular strength training and good nutrition.  This will significantly increase lifespan and quality of life.

Your body fat is slowly killing you

Due to the loss of muscle mass and continuing excesses that we could get away with in our 20s, we tend to accumulate more and more body fat in our 30s, 40s and beyond. The heavier we get, the slower we get. The slower we get, the harder it is to burn calories. As we move around more slowly and burn fewer calories, we put on even more weight, making it even harder to move around and putting pressure on our heart and our joints, that already have less muscle to help protect them.  Excess subcutaneous fat propels us toward and into obesity and all manner of serious diseases. Dangerous visceral fat surrounds our organs, effectively strangling them, making it harder for them to work at optimum levels and further increasing the risk of developing chronic disease. Your body fat is slowly killing you.

Stop dying. Start living. Like sarcopenia, body fat accumulation can be stopped and reversed through strength training, cardiovascular exercise and good nutrition. Maintaining a good level of physical activity can help prevent cancers and reduces the risk of developing chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

If I can do something about it you can too. Yes it means a bit of hard work. But each month it gets easier and easier. Get lighter, get stronger, get healthier. Slowly build muscle whilst burning fat, making you fitter, making the next month easier. You’ll soon start to see results. There’ll be less weight on your joints, improving your mobility and ability to train more effectively. Which will result in stronger muscles, that will help protect your joints.  Rebuilding muscle will increase your basal metabolic rate, which means your body will burn more calories at rest. Rebuilding muscle will delay ageing, helping to keep you younger and more active for the rest of your life, whilst significantly decreasing the risk of developing chronic disease. Rebuilt muscle, along with reduced body fat, making you look and feel fantastic again. You’ll have renewed energy and vitality, increased libido, improved cognitive function, stronger bones, common illnesses will be less frequent and to a lesser degree (I rarely get ill). It really will provide an improved quality of life. 

I can show you how to train smarter, in reduced exercise time (we all have busy lives), whilst reducing the potential of injuries, as we do need to be careful of our joints/tendons in our 50s and beyond. Together with intelligent nutrition, for exercise recovery, for fat loss, muscle retention and growth and to promote optimal health, for a full, long, active, healthy and happy life.

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