I was outside running yesterday (loving and hating it)-- loving it because it felt so amazing to be outside in the fall air... and hating it because I know many people choose outside (instead of Vie) for their exercise- ha!
I'm completely joking, I love being outside! I mean, I was outside just like everyone else and I obviously could have chosen a treadmill if I wanted to. 🙂
But as I was running, I started thinking about how running and outside training won't cut it. As we get older we lose muscle mass each year (unless we counter the aging process with resistance training). Running won't stop the decrease in muscle mass.
It happens slowly as you age, just like wrinkles. But, unlike wrinkles you actually have control over your muscle mass. You can absolutely slow it down!
Especially after age 30, you begin to lose as much as 3% to 5% of your muscle mass every 10 years. Most people will lose about 30% of their muscle mass during their lifetime. Less muscle means greater weakness and less mobility, both of which increase your risk of falls, fractures and longer recovery times.
If you've only been doing cardio and not strength training, don't worry! It's never too late to rebuild and maintain muscle. The best way to build muscle mass, no matter your age, is through progressive resistance training. It allows you to gradually increase your workout with more weight, reps, and sets as your strength and endurance improve.
Diet also plays a big part in building muscle. As you age, you need more protein. If you want more info about the right way to get more protein into your diet, reach out to let me know and I'll have our nutritionist put some specific tips together.
I can also help you figure out how to incorporate strength training into your routine in a way that fits your schedule and budget. Just respond to this email and let's talk!
PS: Ready to get started? Here's how I can help:
- New or existing clients - Schedule a complimentary wellness consult with me and we'll map out the right activities to reach your goals according to your schedule and budget.
- Not sure what you like yet? Set up a sample week where yo can try personal training, private Pilates, a class & a nutrition session.
- Haven't been in to Vie yet? Grab a pass for 10 Days of Unlimited Fitness Classes.