Be Strong FIRST!

Why be strong? I often see middle aged people lose their zest and vigor for life. Unfortunately we have been told that this is just part of the aging process. I beg to differ…For I have seen 55 year olds have the strength level of a 35 year old! When you lose muscle, you start to lose your youthfulness. One of the reasons for this is due to the lack of activity, in particular, the loss of muscular strength. Many difficulties of declining health, especially if you’re over 40, are linked to a sedentary lifestyle accompanied by poor nutrition. Staying physical strong can help prevent this from occurring. It will increase mobility, endurance and reduce the potential for injury as well as slow down the aging process.  With proper resistance training and quality whole foods, achieving strength is not as complicated as you may think. Once you receive clearance from your doctor, you can start by doing body weight exercises that work all of the different muscle groups: legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms. Beginning with simple air squats, planks and push-ups are some great exercises that are compound moves and work all major muscle groups. Slowly as you increase your strength level you can progress to weights, kettle bells or TRX. Go online to watch how to train properly and with good form, or seek out the advice of a personal trainer.  Quality nutrition is crucial to avoid inflammation in your body that can rob you of health, weight loss and longevity. Stay away from all processed foods, all trans- fats and refined sugars. This will lead to less inflammation and help slow down aging and help ward of illness. Remember the body needs INTENSE movement to keep its youthfulness and sexy strong muscle.

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