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Guest Post: Muscle Is the Organ of Longevity

This isn't completely a guest post but credit must go to one of my favorite movement professionals, Dr. Arianne Missimer from The Movement Paradigm. I wanted to share a video she recently posted about the importance of strength training. I know I talk about this all the time but hey, it's important!

There are many things runners and athletes who run can do to reduce injury risk. Strength training is one of the most important. The great thing is that strength training also has many other health benefits. If you want to move well for a long time, strength training is the way to do it. This is true at any age, for anyone, not just athletes. In case you missed it in previous posts, here are some of the benefits:

  • Improved performance - decreased muscle fatigue, improved muscle recruitment, improved running economy (the energy it takes to run), improved speed/power

  • Decreased injury risk - improved bone density (decreased stress fracture risk), improved musculotendinous stiffness (decreased soft tissue injury risk)

  • Improved mobility

  • Decreased fall risk

  • Positive shift in metabolism

  • Decreased loss of bone density as we age

As Arianne points out in her video, it's a little easier to maintain healthy muscle mass when we're younger. Our physiology alone helps us gain muscle mass through hormones and growth factors. As we get older (and by older I mean late 30s), we need more help. There are three things we can do and you will learn more about them in the video.

  1. Eat well - We need to eat enough protein and the right kind of protein.

  2. Train - We need to put the time into strength training.

  3. Use supplements as needed

Learn about it all right here ⬇️ ⬇️ (When you're done, follow Arianne by subscribing to her on YouTube or check her out on Instagram @themovementparadigm)

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