As we age, it’s natural for our bodies to change. One of the most significant changes is the loss of lean muscle mass and strength. The extent to which we lose muscle and strength depends on the individual, but the loss affects our daily life and range of motion. However, there’s good news! Incorporating strength training into our fitness routine can help combat these effects and allow us to maintain an active and independent lifestyle as we age.
Why Strength Training Matters
Engaging in regular strength training allows us to keep doing the things we love to do but with greater ease. It also helps with daily tasks and makes travel adventures such as placing your luggage in the above compartment a breeze. At The Smart Fit Method, we understand the importance of strength training. We’ve designed our method with select equipment that gets you stronger over time. As your physical retirement plan, we help develop your muscles so that you can enjoy a wide range of movements day in and day out, like running, walking, or jogging in any city that you visit.
Our Smart Strength sessions are aided by certified personal trainers who are dedicated to supporting you on your fitness journey. They provide expert guidance and ensure that you maintain a safe range of motion during exercises. You will always be lifting weights that are appropriate for your strength level, and if you have an injury we can adjust the workout for you.
Nutrition and Strength
It’s important to note that nutrition plays a big part in developing strength. Megan Lyons, a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Clinical Nutritionist, recommends “consuming close to 1 gram of protein per pound of ideal body weight for those actively looking to put on muscle, and for most people, I would recommend a minimum of 0.5 grams of protein per pound of ideal body weight.” She explains that, “protein is a building block for virtually your entire body – your muscles, tissues, ligaments, organs, skin, hair, nails, and more are made up of protein. However, protein is especially critical for building muscle. Protein is made of amino acids, which are the building blocks for muscle. It’s very difficult to build muscle without adequate protein intake, because when you exercise (particularly strength training), you’re getting tiny muscle tears that need to be repaired (and rebuilt stronger) with amino acid building blocks.”
Megan also notes that since what we eat is essential for the process of building strength in the gym, we need to consume enough macronutrients and micronutrients because they “provide our bodies with the building blocks they need to repair and strengthen muscle tissue.” Further, “adequate micronutrient intake, largely from a variety of whole vegetables and fruits, is also essential to reducing inflammation and giving your body the fuel needed to build strength.”
Incorporating strength training into your fitness routine is a powerful way to counteract the natural decline of muscle mass and strength that occurs with age. At The Smart Fit Method, we as your physical retirement plan have certified personal trainers that are committed to helping you build strength and maintain your independence as you grow older. By utilizing equipment that targets different muscle groups and keeping the workout challenging over time, our method provides an effective and safe approach to strength training. Maintain your ability to experience spectacular moments in life by strength training with us. If you have yet to come in, book a free workout today!