Healthy muscles play a vital role in keeping you strong, in good shape and producing lots of energy. They are the energy driver in your body, like the engine in a car.
They aid in free movement and support healthy ageing – making sure your body is ready for an action-packed life!
And by action, I mean enjoying outdoor activities, having fun with family or friends, sports, adventures, and being able to EASILY go through your daily activities – with energy to spare!
Having strong muscles makes each one of those things easier and can even improve your overall confidence.
PLUS having a good base of muscle actually benefits your overall health.
I can’t think of many activities that give you more value for your investment than your workouts! Here are many more reasons why you need strong muscles.
7 Surprising Reasons Your Muscles Matter
1. Helps your body manage your blood sugar
When you work out, your muscles use more glucose, which is the sugar in your bloodstream. Over time, this can lower your blood sugar levels.
PLUS … it also helps your body improve how it uses insulin. This can help ward off metabolic issues and diabetes.
2. Keep you STRONG
Muscles power all of your activities – from playing sport like golf to gardening to walking up the stairs to strolling the beach or skiing the slopes on holiday!
And you need to work them on a regular basis to keep them strong. Plus, if you don’t, you’ll start to lose muscle mass at the age of 30 … and the rate just increases as you get older.
3. Supports you burn more calories
Not just while you’re being active, but round the clock. Studies show that 1 pound of muscle can burn 50 to 100 calories in a day, while 10 pounds of fat burns just 20 calories.
As you can imagine this really adds up. More muscle means a leaner body and more energy. In addition, obesity is linked with a long list of chronic and deadly diseases.
4. Powers your mood and self-esteem
When you have strong, balanced muscles, you usually have better posture. And better posture is correlated with better moods and more confidence!
5. Strengthens your joints and bones
Your joints: regular exercise that strengthens the muscles around your joints can help them move better and be less painful.
Your bones: weight-bearing exercises can help you build your bones and keep them strong as you age.
6. Keeps you alive
Your heart is a muscle, after all!
Exercise strengthens your heart muscle, helps with weight control, and helps prevent damage to your arteries caused by high cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure.
7. Improves your quality of LIFE
It can give you the energy and strength to be active and try new things!
Personally, when I’m tempted to skip a workout (yes, that happens to me sometimes, too!) …
I just think about ALL of the reasons not to. Those always seem to outweigh my laziness in the moment. Never forget the powerful “WHY!”
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