Thursday, May 01, 2008

Fat & Muscle Composition

Age 25 is considered one's prime. Most are physically active and have a good physically physique, but after 25 statistics show this:

The average woman in the US, each year after age 25, loses 1/2 pound muscle weight and gains 1 pound fat weight. Not only does this mean that most women get increasingly bigger each year, it also means that since muscle weight takes up less space than fat weight, that even if a woman stayed the same weight, she would be increasing in size.

For the average man, well it really depends on if you do physical labor each day or spend your day in an office. If the latter is the case, a man may have much the same results as a woman in increasing weight and/or size.

For all, it's important to understand the need for physical exercise, and specifically working out with weights. If we do not continually build muscle strength, we lose it! It's as simple as that. But better yet, if you do your workout with weights in the morning, your metabolism works faster all day long - a real plus for losing or maintaining a healthy body weight.

Physical exercise is a must, but the best form includes all three forms of exercise:
1) stretching - keeps joints and muscles limber
2) weight work - builds and strengthens muscles, burns fat
3) aerobic work - builds endurance, gets oxygen to cells

For a good workout that includes all these three, get the Living a Healthy Lifestyle workout CD at http://erleentilton.com/store.htm.

Get Fit, not Fat!

For your best health,
Erleen

2 comments:

Nathan said...

Hi,

I totally agree with your comments. As an office worker I find that I need to work extra hard to maintain strength and fitness compared with my brother who is a builder and is constantly building his muscular strength every day.

As I move into my mid thirties I am constantly looking to improve and validate my training program so that I am focussed on maintaining good health.

I have found a good site which I often visit to get basic tips to help me. You may find it interesting. It is www.lifestyletip.com

looking forward to more insightful comments from your blog.

Nathan

Stella said...

Hello,

I just found your blog and I have found it very informative. I am not a nutrition or fitness expert. I am simply a young-ish woman who has been educating myself on living a more healhty lifestyle.

I find that the more natural foods I eat, the more I crave them and the better I feel! I do not have a perfect diet, but I find myself living much more purposefully. I think about what I am going to eat, when I am going to eat and I think that doing this helps.

I also find that writing about the changes I have made makes me process them, hold true to them and hopefully, will encourage others to begin to live a more healthy life.

Thanks for doing what you do!

S