5 Reasons why women should NOT be afraid to gain muscle.

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It really surprises me that still to this day, many women are still afraid of gaining muscle.

Many women to this day are still shying away from weight training and overemphasizing Aerobic exercise.

Here are 5 reasons why women should start hitting the weights with the intent to gain muscle.

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  1. The more muscle and bone mass you have, the greater the acid buffering power you create. That is you now have more protein, potassium, magnesium, and calcium to buffer the acidity in your body. The more alkaline you are the greater the endurance potential of the body , and the greater your immune power will be.
  2. The greater your muscle mass the greater your longevity potential. It is in fact the # 1 biomarker of longevity. A far better predictor of longevity than blood pressure or cholesterol levels.
  3. The more muscle mass you have, the more insulin receptor sites you will have, and the more sensitive these receptor sites will be. This means increased muscle will help to prevent diabetes and other metabolic syndromes. In other words, the more muscle you have , the less body fat you will have.
  4. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn in a resting state. It is estimated that for every pound of muscle you gain, you burn an extra 50 calories per day.
  5. The more muscle you have, the more strength you have. This will facilitate healthy, active, functional lives. Think about being able to perform household chores, take walks, run, play with your grandkids and live a life without compromise way into your later years of life.

Hope these tips help to convince you of the importance of muscle mass, especially the importance of the preservation of muscle mass as we age.

If you would like to learn more about Fitness and nutrition prescriptions to increase and preserve your muscle mass , please reach out to us.

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