The Importance of Keeping Muscles Over the Age of 50
Forget fifty is the new forty. Fifty is the new thirty if Will Smith, Kylie Minogue and LL Cool J are anything to go by!
Decades ago, reaching your half-century would have put you in the dreaded 'past-it' category. Since then, too many women and men have demonstrated that age isn't a barrier to achievement, so we've stuck the label 'past-it' where it belongs: the bin.
So far, so social media inspo, but let's delve into the reality of what your 50 candles on the birthday cake do to your body, and the main point of this piece-muscle mass.
Muscle loss (sarcopenia) can be debilitating. To stay healthy and independent-wouldn't you rather be able to cut your own toe nails as you age? you want to keep muscles. Age-related muscle loss can heighten the risk of falls and fractures, something else we want to avoid.
It's estimated that 80 percent of men and women in their 50s and older have too little muscle and too much fat on their bodies. This increases the risk of obesity, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, lower back pain, high blood cholesterol and numerous types of cancer.
We can universally agree that muscle loss is NOT GOOD. But we have the antidote. You can avoid (and even reverse) age-related muscle loss. If you want that bright-eyed, happy and energetic feeling to continue in your 50s and beyond, weight-bearing exercise is one terrific medicine that works.
- A three-pound increase (1.35kgs) increase in lean muscle
- A 3.7 pounds loss of fat (1.67kgs)
- A 2 percent overall reduction in fat.
What can resistance training do? Ten weeks of a consistent programme can result in:
What's more, exercise offers: The release of certain hormones, the ones that promote healthy muscle mass such as growth hormone. It also combats essential muscles and bone mass loss.
is improved when you have appropriate metabolic activity, allowing you to complete the cryptic crossword* and remember your grandchildren's birthdays.
resistance training increases energy use during the exercise session AND afterwards.
Improved blood lipid profiles:-
this study of 25 men suggests weight training can increase strength, alter body composition, improve plasma lips and enhance cardiovascular function.
Avoiding type 2 diabetes:-
people who are within their BMI bodyweight range and who are active are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Improved bone density:-
strength training will substantially increase bone mineral density, giving you an injury-resistant skeleton, and decreasing your risk of breakages and fractures.
Finally, findings show that resistance exercise can improve your sleep. A review of 13 studies showed chronic resistance exercise "improves all aspects of sleep, with the greatest benefit for sleep quality". Exercise might well be a useful non-pharmaceutical way of knocking up quality zz'ds.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
If you'd like to build and preserve muscle mass, I can help. I'm Dean Schnaffer and I've worked in fitness for more than twenty years, helping people of all ages increase their strength using programmes tailored to their needs. If you'd like to work with me, why not book in for a consultation?
During the 45-minute consultation, I'll check your weight, blood pressure, bodyfat, and take you through a series of exercises to check your current movement and flexibility levels. From there, we can discuss what you need and how I can help you achieve your goals.
Why wait! Book your consultation with me now.*We make no promises are far as the cryptic crossword is concerned... Book a Consultation
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I went to see Dean after a recommendation from a client. I had been training for years having previously played rugby to a high standard. I had got bored with training and had lapsed into a half-hearted workout. The weight came on and I felt sluggish. Initially it was tough-humility and some pain were accepted. Later you start seeing the transformation. A handle on diet and lots of hard-work and encouragement meant I shred 2 stone in a steady way. I have real strength and am into the next stage of the transformation into what I wanted: fast, lean, muscular and very fit. Dean's not a light-touch. He doesn't mess around. If that's what you want he's not for you. If you want someone to help you achieve your goals he is. We've formed a close bond through sweat and results and count him as a friend.
Mark F (Nov 2013)
13th February, 2015
I had come out of an angioplasty and was looking for trainers to help me with cardio-vascular fitness and weight reduction. I really consider myself fortunate to have discovered Dean and his facilities. I am 50 and have been training with Dean for about two months now and I am a completely changed person with a whole new attitude to fitness. I have lost about two stone in about 10 weeks, but more importantly, I find myself having a lot more energy and physically much more active. All of this has been largely achieved with Dean's training. The exercises are customised for my physique and they help me work all of my body in a very gradual way. His approach was to understand my body and centre all exercises around the my needs and capabilities - unlike other trainers who roll out standard exercise sets. Dean also brings a huge amount of commitment, empathy and passion to these sessions - and that helps motivate and keep the sessions very engaging. He also has an excellent, spacious, full facility gym for the training sessions and the sessions are only for one person at a time.
Srini G (jan 2017)
7th February, 2017
At my initial assessment at The Fitness Club, Dean really impressed me with his depth of knowledge and professional approach. I was terrified to start, but I haven\'t looked back. The gym is friendly and unintimidating. Dean\'s personal, tailored approach means that my programme is designed around my goals, I never get bored and I can see results really quickly. Training sessions are hardcore, but fun (and often funny), and I love the fact that I can see changes in my fitness levels and strength from week to week. I have been amazed by what I have been able to do, and I wouldn\'t have been able to do it without Dean\'s expertise, encouragement and support.
Kim (Oct 2013)
28th September, 2015
"I've lost 11 kgs over 12 weeks with Dean. His style is unique - no macho pressure that has a contrary effect, just aware, continuous, courteous and focused attention to what I do every step of the way, to upping the exercises to reviewing the cardio or the diet regularly. Dean told me in our first session: "I don’t let people slide." I was so grateful to discover this was true and had a direct effect on the results I was seeking. So from this experience I can say if you've decided to get that weight off that oppresses you, and decided to take all steps that are necessary, Dean is the trainer to teach you the training and diet patterns to get there."
Jean-Claude Audergon - London (June 2014)
11th February, 2017
From a starting point of highly restricted body movement, being overweight, very high blood sugar levels and an inability to complete 1 full press/up... A 5 week regime of training at the Fitness Club London under Dean's instruction has restored my ability to move, bend and stretch normally and has resulted in huge reductions in weight (-4.5 kg's), body fat (-7%) and blood sugar levels (now normal). This has also been achieved without me ever feeling hungry. The journey has just started and will continue and it is clear anything is possible with the advice and motivation provided at Fitness Club London!
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