Building Muscle – What’s The Point?

Fitness // Brooke Surtees // 6 April 2016

You’ve heard it many times: it’s important to build muscle, but why?

While you can lose weight through healthy eating and cardio, building muscle helps speed up the process and makes it sustainable.

Here are the top five reasons why building muscle IS so important:

1. You’ll have a faster metabolism: Muscle is a highly ‘metabolically active’ tissue, meaning it requires a lot of energy just to maintain it. So, more muscle = faster metabolism = greater weight loss.

2. You’ll maintain your weight loss more efficiently: With an increase in metabolism, you’ll find it much easier to maintain your weight loss once you reach your goal weight.

3. You’ll lose centimeters off your frame: muscle is a very dense tissue: for example, three kilograms of muscle takes up the same space as one kilogram of fat. So, more muscle = less fat = smaller size!

4. You’ll be stronger and more resistant to injury: muscle supports our skeletal system. The more muscle we have, the stronger and more stable our body is. As we age this strength and support greatly reduces the likelihood of a fall resulting in serious injury.

5. You’ll maintain a good metabolism as you age: many studies are now showing that the decline in metabolism as we age happens purely as a result of decreased muscle mass. Increase your muscle mass now and you’ll keep a good metabolic rate as you get older!

You get all of this from just increasing your muscle mass! Start to include a few days of moderate resistance training into your week and reap the benefits for many years to come.

Happy training!

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Leanne Reply

    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and my body has aged quite significantly in the past 5 years. I am 57 years old. I also have a curvature of the spine and I can see and feel my posture had deteriorated also during this time.

    Is it too late for me to begin resistance training and if not, how will it assist me in the above areas.

    Much Appreciated

    Yours

    Leanne

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Leanne – It’s important that you get clearance from your health professional to undertake specific exercises given that you have rheumatoid arthritis. Deliberate regular movement is very important for maintaining as much range of motion through your joints as possible and resistance based training helps maintain bone density and muscle mass, which are crucial to our quality of life as we age. Increasing your muscle mass and maintaining your bone density means your body can support its weight and you can thus move through your life as easily and enjoyably as possible.

      Exercises that increase your core strength will help improve your posture and bodyweight exercises qualify as resistance training so things like supermans and hips raises can be really beneficial for you. When you join 12WBT our expert Support Crew together with your recommendations from your health professional/s can assist you in the best exercises for your body.

      All the best,
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

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