What You May Not Know About Your Muscles - And Why You Should Care

October 18, 2016

When you think of muscles, the first things that come to mind are usually bodybuilders and buff guys pumping iron. It’s not something you might think of very often unless you are physically active already, you have a muscular frame, or you find muscles attractive. We went over 5 very important reasons why seniors should exercise regularly in a previous post that you can read here. In this post, we’re going to go over some things that you might know about your own muscles and why you should start pumping iron yourself.

1)   Muscles are more than just looking big and strong – Muscles aren’t just for flexing and inviting people to the “gun show.” Your muscles help with balance, movement, and posture. Think of muscle tissue as extra padding for our bones. As we get older and naturally lose muscle mass, our likelihood of falling and fracturing something increases since we lose that padding, leaving us more vulnerable to injury. They also regulate our body’s oxygen usage thus impacting our energy levels. If you’ve felt like you don’t have enough energy to walk to the drug store a block away, it may be because your muscle mass is decreasing. 

2)   Good diet = strong muscles – genetics play a big factor in determining your muscle mass. If you’ve been skinny your whole life, you’re not going to become a beefcake overnight. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t develop more muscle mass. A protein-rich diet, along with regular exercise and strength training, will result in increased muscle development. 

3)   Malnutrition = muscle deterioration – on the other hand, if you do not have a balanced diet, then your muscles will serve as proof. If you aren’t eating nutrient rich foods, your body will have no choice to get its nutrients from an existing resource like your muscles. 

At Centers Health Care, we are fully committed to Recovery and Rehabilitation. We strive to help our short-term residents return to full independence sooner and more completely drives this team to excellence. And we assist our long-term residents in staying physically fit. Learn more about our facilities and their services at http://centershealthcare.com/locations

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