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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.

    What can resistance training do? Ten weeks of a consistent programme can result in:
  • 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'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.

Brain function:-

is improved when you have appropriate metabolic activity, allowing you to complete the cryptic crossword* and remember your grandchildren's birthdays.

Recharged metabolism:-

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...

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  • When I first started training with Dean I was stuck in a bad cycle (diet, drink, no exercise) and needed a change. I thought all I wanted was a quick fix but my tune changed when I saw that within 10 sessions I went from being able to do 50 pushups to over 240 and lost 3kg (and 2% bodyfat). Best of all I finally got my first pull-up! Dean won’t lie to you about how hard you need to work to succeed, unlike other trainers I’ve been with. He is always upfront yet supportive and willing to take you there if you have the drive. Strength aside, aesthetically I’m so happy with the results, I haven’t been this fit since I was 18 and I can’t wait to continue training. Now it time to throw all those baggy clothes out! Julianna 

    Julianna (Sept 2015)
    11th February, 2017
  • 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
  • I had suffered from a Slip Disc and Sciatica, so treated my back with kid gloves. The most exercise I did was a few stretches and a 25mins session on my upright bicycle - that was until I began to train with Dean. I then discovered that I could do virtually anything. Two weeks of training with Dean and I could do 30 full push-ups! I feel like a new born baby now, I have great stamina and do not experience any more aches and pains. My husband looked at me two days ago and said, ' you are looking a lot prettier!'. Thank you Dean! I'm so glad you didn't listen to me when I tried to do a u-turn. I have not had one reoccurrence of my back pain, I am a lot more flexible now!

    Rukky Tongo (Sept 2015)
    11th February, 2017
  • Dean is an excellent trainer. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, patient and supportive, he gives you help and encouragement to move from level 0 to the next. There's none of that ridiculous pumping or bullying approach to exercise, no "standing-around-and watch-while-you're-doing-only-cardio" sessions, he always pushed me to expand my limits. Dean's training programme was created to meet my individual requirements, has worked well for me and it has also been a benefit that he has always adapted and changed what we do to keep it interesting. It's hard work but at the same time a lot of fun. So far, I've lost 6kgs in less than 12weeks and I am feeling fitter and healthier than ever and that's only the beginning. His system simply works ;) Thank you Dean.

    Orshi (Oct 2013)
    13th February, 2015
  • There is no such thing as a slow session at Dean's gym. Dean doesn't take prisoners or do compassion but then who would want to join a gym that does.Since starting training eight months ago my body has completely changed shape. I have been training all my life, getting nowhere, but now I can see muscle tone and feel real strength. It's not always easy but Dean pushes you forward to achieve the goals we all hope to gain.

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