Weak people have less choices?
One of our all time favorite fitness quotes actually comes from a Lutheran Pastor in the early 1900’s…
No, he wasn’t directly referring to what we might in the fitness world (or anyone in Slo & Paso Robles).
But it couldn’t be more appropriate for defining some of the problems we’re seeing in our modern, advanced societies and what fitness and medical researchers are now finding in their studies:
“It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.”
“There was a significant survival benefit from higher quantities of muscle…”
Research findings keep piling on the evidence that muscle mass really matters. Some researchers now say that muscle mass is more important than “loss of fat mass” for long-term health and survival.
Historically, personal trainers and medical doctors have put their focus on the deleterious effects of increased body fat.
For the most part, everyone in the developing world
(and hopefully Slo & Paso Robles)
should know that they need to keep their body weight and fat levels down for health.
However, we need to shift this paradigm and focus more on supporting MUSCLE MASS than just losing body fat.
It turns out that the amount of muscle individuals have quantifiably enhances their survival in chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, COVID, and more.
Higher quantities of muscle mass is linked with lower all-cause mortality. And, of course, it’s linked with greater performance in competitive sports and living a long, healthy, active lifestyle.
Fact is, if your workout doesn’t include high quality strength training designed to increase muscle mass you may not be helping your long-term health or your short-term performance as much as you think.
Triathlon training, trail running, and high intensity interval workouts are good, but you better also be getting into Athlon and learning how to effectively strength train to pack on some muscle mass.
3 areas to prioritize:
-Adequate protein intake
-Sleep (so your muscles recover and grow)
Rinse, wash, and repeat…
Your life may depend on it!
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