So, you can lengthen your health span. It may take a bit of work and effort, but it will be well worth it in the end.
I’ve mentioned to you about Your Muscle Mass and Your Strength. Those are the Biomarkers #1 and #2.
Today, Biomarkers #3 and #4. Closely related to number 1 and 2
Biomarker #3 is your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is basically the rate of your body chemistry goes at when you are doing minimal exertion. ( those processes that build, destroy tissue and release energy).
Even at rest your body does require energy. The BMR falls with age. Research has tried to calculate the extent of the slowing down on the BMR, however not until it was discovered that a person’s lean body mass is the key to compiling results was research able to come up with definitive results. ( Hint hint here!!! Muscle is needed to keep that BMR going!!)
So if you have less muscle ( as most middle aged people do) your metabolic need for oxygen during rest decreases and so does your caloric need!
Your muscle is an active tissue which requires nourishment. Your adipose tissue (fat) is passive and actually sits there acting as a storage form of body energy.
Voila!!! Your muscle burns energy!! Your body fat stores energy!!
According to the researchers in “Biomarkers program” a person’s basal metabolism drops 2 % per decade starting at age 20.
Middle aged people– YOU require LESS calories!! Don’t continue to eat like you are 20!!
Reality is: if you consume too many calories (eat too much), and have less muscle (cause you aren’t doing enough to regain or maintain your strength) — your BMR is decreasing!! You will continue to gain fat.
So point blank– YOU need to gain muscle and restore your BMR.
Biomarker #4 is Your Body Fat (did you guess that one?)
Advancing age causes an increase in fat gain, ( if we let it) noting from above, eating too many calories and not doing anything to regain or strengthen muscles are the culprits.
No, our muscle doesn’t turn to fat, but our muscles shrink and our fat accumulates.
If you are preoccupied with losing weight you need to refocus and concentrate on “gaining muscle and shedding fat”!!
A leaner person can weigh more than a fatter person because muscle tissue weighs more.
Can you see how these 4 points are interrelated? They all have bearing on one another! If you have less muscle, you will be weaker( less strength) which will have an effect on your BMR ( the process of building and destroying tissues and releasing energy) and will definitely have something to do with your body fat accumulation.
Do you see how building muscle is so important? How regaining your strength and then maintaining could be the big answer you have been seeking? Yes aerobic capacity is part of it, but muscles have lots to do with your health span. We’ll be checking out Aerobic capacity next!
What are you doing to regain or maintain your strength??