In your 40s, your cellular regeneration cycle begins to slow down at a faster rate than before, resulting in more visible changes to how you feel. Activating your muscles will combat this cycle by sending a signal to your cells that they are still needed! Full body movement, building mobility and strength in every muscle and joint is key during this time.
The small changes you may notice in your body, which are often related to the loss in muscle cells, include tighter muscles and joints and changes in your weight. Even if you were never the most flexible, stiffness may now become a factor in how your body feels every day. Although your lifestyle and diet haven’t changed much, you may notice a few extra pounds that are harder to shed. There is a simple scientific explanation: if you’ve been active, you could have lost as little as 4% of your muscle mass – not too much. However, a semi-sedentary 40-year old may have lost approximately 13.5% of their muscle mass. That’s 13.5% less muscle cells present to give you energy and burn your calories.
What’s the solution? Increasing your mobility and working all of your 650 muscles is the key to age reversal and prevention of the loss of muscle mass.
Activating your muscle cells reprograms your cellular regeneration cycle by sending a message that they’re needed. “Use it or lose it” might be an age-old saying but it is one of the key secrets to preventing the signs of aging.
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This diagram explains why you might be feeling some signs of aging. Our muscle mass contains the cells that keep our energy up, help us to burn calories and many more important functions. The good news is, that If you do full body exercise you’ll maintain a significant amount of those important muscle cells!