Monday, April 15, 2013

M Is For...Muscles

MUSCLES are a band or bundle of fibrous tissue in a human or animal body that has the ability to contract, producing movement in or maintaining the position of parts of the body. (According to Wikipedia)

PART of my fitness regime' is to build muscle so I can burn more fat. This is a good thing.  I try to make sure that at least 1-2x a week I add in some muscle building exercises, and that usually consists of using my resistance bands or hand weights.  I also will add in pushups or some other body weight resistance exercise.

IT is important to continue building muscle as we age.  Doing so can slow the muscle loss that comes with aging, as well as build the strength of our muscles, increase bone density and help with arthritis pain.The CDC has found that building muscle can improve balance, blood-sugar control, as well as improve sleep and mental health.

BUILDING muscle is especially important for those who are dieting.  As we lose weight we can also lose muscle and that is not a good thing.  I would suggest if you are just starting out building muscle, find someone (maybe even a professional) who knows good form and is willing to teach it to you.  Building muscle is good, but bad form will only get you injured and an injury will leave you on the sidelines unable to do any muscle building at all.

HAVE a great day and go build some muscle, safely! 

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck. 

 "Limitations only exist if you let them" 

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  1. Good post. Hmmmm I guess I should think about those other muscles besides the legs.

  2. I lift weights too. I'm hoping it makes me stronger so I can go faster but...I think I'll pretty much always be a turtle. It's these short legs, I think.

    1. it will make you a stronger runner even if you have short legs, lol!

  3. I lift weights and work out more than I run these days. I wish I could balance them out more evenly. I've heard that yoga is a great way to build strength that serves runners well.

    Great M word and post! :)

  4. Totally agree.....muscle building is very important. I've been lifting weights (on and off) for years I really think it's helped me to not gain a ton of weight during my 'off' times.

    Great post!

    1. Yes it is good for burning calories...blessings

  5. Muscle, as I understand it, comes from the Latin word for "mouse." As in the mice we have under our skins.

    Thanks for the note about keeping muscles strong while losing weight.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting


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