Advice From The Experts At Fenton Fitness
Tara Parker-Pope wrote a great article in the October 17, 2016 edition of The New York Times entitled “The 8 Health Habits Experts Say You Need in Your 20s.” While I agree with some of these recommendations, we at Fenton Fitness and Fenton Physical Therapy have some suggestions of our own.
Much like strength, muscle mass is often not prioritized until it is largely too late. Though you can still build muscle at an older age, it is much more difficult. Muscle mass is highly correlated with strength which is correlated with power. All of these tend to decline substantially at around age 30. If you take advantage of your hormonal environment and your recovery abilities in your 20’s, you can stockpile a good amount of muscle for the rest of your life so that you can keep doing everything you want as you age. More muscle also means a better and healthier metabolism which means less accumulation of unwanted body fat and overall better health. The best way to build muscle mass is through resistance training with gradual increases to volume (weight x reps x sets) over time along with a moderate to high protein intake.
-Jeff Tirrell, CSCS, Pn1
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