Before the age of physical maturity at about 25 years, our body is continually growing and developing and during this phase muscles and the entire body stays strong even without specific exercise. After we reach the age of 30, we basically have two options available to us. We can either begin the long process of becoming weaker or we can work to maintain our strength for the rest of our life.
After this point, if the body does not receive the necessary stimulus to trigger muscle growth, a slow process of muscle wasting begins. This loss of muscle tissue hastens the degenerative processes and conditions that characterize the dreaded aging process.
Muscles and the bones they are attached to become weaker, joints deteriorate without strong muscles to support and cushion them; the metabolism slows (the rate the body burns fuel) allowing body fat to accumulate; body shape and appearance change. All body systems weaken including the immune system leaving one exposed to life threatening disease and illness.
Anti-aging remedies and procedures are increasingly in high demand to stave off the ravages of aging but before we complain too much we should remember getting older is a privilege denied to many.
This privilege does not come without its challenges though.
Superficial changes on the outside may help one look and feel better, but aging youthfully really requires enduring methods that improves one's physical health on the inside. It has been well proven that the elusive fountain of youth that we all desire is actually found in maintaining or rebuilding muscle strength.
It is important that the right exercise is performed if you wish to reclaim your youth. Recreational type activities like walking, jogging or cycling etc will not challenge the muscles sufficiently to rebuild lost strength. Proper exercise means strength training exercise using the right exercises, at the right level of intensity, at the right duration and the right frequency. Anything less is unlikely to give you the results you are looking for.
Obviously you are not born with this knowledge and will need to seek the help of a fitness professional to help you set up your program, teach you correct exercise technique and teach you how to get the most out of your program. It is also important that your progress is monitored and the program tweaked and changed along the way. If you continue doing the same old exercises you will halt your progress.
The really good news is that it does not matter how old you are when you start, 60 year old muscles respond to strength training in exactly the same way 20 year old muscles respond – they get stronger. It is easily possible to become 100 to 175 percent stronger, even stronger than you have ever been in your life.
Imagine the possibilities; imagine having this new strength and energy to pursue hobbies, start new careers, and travel. Become or stay highly active and pack each day with so much more living. The opposite is not to be considered, do nothing and experience less and less and less till finally there is no more.
Start your journey now, you will never regret it. It is all there for you, just reach out and take it and make it yours.