Muscle mass – the predictor of health and longevity

I doubt there is one person on the planet that has not heard from someone that they should exercise because it is good for you. If you have not heard this yet, then you have now.

However there has not been a lot of information on the healing benefits of exercise, or the role that muscle mass plays in the body. Muscle is a vital organ in the body and it plays a vital role in the immune function of the body. Research now shows the incredible results resistance training can have on individual health.

Have a look at this video on the benefits of exercise  for Cancer Patients.

It is for this reason that we incorporate Isometonic exercises in our health programs for our clients. Isometonics is focused more on exercise that promote health than just bodybuilding, or becoming a super athlete. Targeted training is what we use to help the body attack disease. This research has been available since 2016 and it is only now seeing applications in the main stream medicinal circles.

The Benefits of Exercise That builds lean muscle.

  • Wound healing
    • Our body’s ability to heal small skin wounds slows down with age. However, a new study in older adults found that regular exercise can speed up the wound-healing process by 25 percent.
  • Reduction in chronic disease
    • Even mild daily exercises can prevent many chronic diseases
    • chronic diseases are the leading cause of death in the world and account for 63% of all deaths.
  • Cardio vascular diseases
    • Getting blood flowing through the body rejuvenates the cardiovascular system and helps prevent its failing
    • Recent studies have shown that interval training is often tolerated well in people with heart disease, and it can produce significant benefits.
  • Prevention of tumor growth
    • As seen in this video above, the results are indisputable.
  • Diabetes
    • Regular exercise can help insulin more effectively lower your blood sugar level. Physical activity can also help you control your weight and boost your energy. If you have type 2 diabetes, exercise can lower your risk of dying of heart disease.
  • Asthma
    • Often, exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
  • Back pain
    • Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercises (core-strengthening exercises) may help reduce symptoms by strengthening the muscles around your spine.
  • Arthritis
    • Exercise can reduce pain, help maintain muscle strength in affected joints and reduce joint stiffness. It can also improve physical function and quality of life for people who have arthritis.
  • Dementia
    • Exercise can improve cognition in people with dementia, and people who are active on a regular basis are at less risk of dementia and cognitive impairment.
  • Memory
    • Exercise improves memory by allowing more blood and oxygen to flow to the brain. The results of exercise on cognitive function is quite drastic
  • Amnesia
    • Sleeping disorders show positive results when exercise is included in the treatment
  • Anxiety, and stress
    • It has long been known that a good exercise program is a very powerful stress and anxiety reliever.

Considering all the benefits we get from resistance exercise, it is astounding that this is not pushed more in the medical industry. It is effective, it can be done at home, which means it is free, and it can save millions of lives. For more clarity on this point, let’s look at this video:

At the end of Dr Brendan’s talk he says a very valuable thing. We are all individuals and your exercise should fit in with your specific needs. That is why we do not have a set exercises program that we give to everyone. It is also why we do a full health assessment with you in our consultations to determine the exercise program  that will fit your health condition.

It is vitally important to keep or even grow our muscles as we age, but it is also vitally important that we do exercise that diminishes the risk of injury yet still gets the results we need. Dr Brendan and his team were looking into body weight exercises for this purpose. We incorporated body weight exercises as part of the program, but also make use of Isometric exercise as well as ascending resistance curves in our programs.

You need to find an exercise that you can do now, as well as into your 80’s and 90’s.

Muscles as an organ of health

There is an estimated 650 named skeletal muscles in our bodies. Smooth muscle tissue typically occurs on a cellular level which means counting these muscles can mean we actually have billions of smooth muscle cells. Our muscles perform a variety of vital functions such as, movement (skeletal muscles), moving food through your digestive tract (smooth muscles), and pumping blood through your body (cardiac muscles).

Looking at the functions of the muscles in our bodies, it is clear that we cannot live without muscles. We also know that health starts in our stomachs and digestive system. if our muscles are not doing their work in getting our food through the digestive tract we will suffer with chronic health issues.

Our muscles play a vital part in the immune system of the body. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have now found initial evidence in mice that skeletal muscles help to keep the immune system functional in chronic diseases. We have also seen this in the first video exercise and cancer on this page.  Muscles also provide protection during microbial infection by activating innate immune response pathways.

Skeletal muscles also protect internal organs (particularly abdominal and pelvic organs) by acting as an external barrier or shield to external trauma and by supporting the weight of the organs. We see how organs get affected in the elderly where muscular support for the organs fail. More load and stress are placed on internal organs which in return strains organ function.

Take care of your muscles, they are your key to good health and longevity. Remember, muscle growth is not just bout exercise, it is also about our diet. We need to fee our muscles the right food to help it to grow.

If you need help to get the right exercise for your health condition and optimizing this with a specified diet, you can book a consultation with me here:

Sources:

  • http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/01/060106134716.htm
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254612000701
  • https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/physical-activity.htm#:~:text=Regular%20physical%20activity%20helps%20improve,depression%20and%20anxiety%2C%20and%20dementia.
  • https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise-and-chronic-disease/art-20046049
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200615092747.htm#:~:text=Scientists%20have%20now%20found%20initial,over%20long%20periods%20of%20time.
  • https://dmm.biologists.org/content/9/6/697

More videos on the topic:

Muscle Centric Focus


Lifting weights could extend your life.


Age and muscle strength

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