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Importance of Maintaining Muscle Mass

MUSCLE MAXIMUS ISSUE: After the age of 40, muscle size declines by 1-2% per year, with the lower body losing faster than the upper body. With less overall muscle mass, our resting metabolic rate - which burns energy (calories) when we're sitting and even sleeping - decreases as well. Related to the loss of muscle mass we have less strength, less power, less endurance, and burn fat less efficiently. Also, our performance declines for sports and normal activities of daily living. SOLUTION: Weight training will restore muscle size, strength, and if done in specific ways, will restore power too. Choose heavy enough weights. New weightlifters and women often opt for lighter weights. It is necessa

Arthritis Awareness

The term arthritis is used to describe 100+ conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround joints, and other connective tissues. These conditions range from relatively mild conditions to diseases which affect the whole body. Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) is the most common. Degeneration is a normal process of aging and does not have to be painful. We can have some control over whether we develop osteoarthritis (OA) or not. Certain sports such as soccer and hockey have higher risks for injuries, specifically knee injuries. While we know that preventative exercises can reduce the risk of knee injuries by up to 50%, we can also work to prevent the injuries that do occur fro