Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Metabolism and Age

Why does it seem like as you get older its harder to lose weight? Your resting metabolic rate tends to drop as you age because you lose a small amount of muscle each year. However, many people don’t realize that muscle mass is NOT the only thing that affects your resting metabolic rate.
Studies show that your metabolic rate declines with age independently of muscle loss. In other words, young physically active people tend to have a higher metabolic rate than their older counterparts, even if they have the same amount of muscle.After all, the fact that older people eat less, move less and have a lower metabolic rate than younger people is stating the obvious.
The age-related decline in metabolic rate, even when muscle mass is taken into account happens for two reasons:
First there’s a strong link between exercise volume and your metabolic rate. To put it simply, the more exercise you do, the higher your metabolic rate. The fact that people tend to exercise less as they age is partly responsible for the drop in metabolic rate.
Second, metabolic rate is also linked to total calorie intake. This means that the more you eat, the higher your metabolic rate. A reduced metabolic rate in older physically active people is also down to the fact they eat less than their younger counterparts.
With that said, a drop in your metabolic rate is NOT an inevitable consequence of aging and has a lot more to do with the way you live your life. It has more to do about the food you eat and the amount of exercise you do.
Now with the above stated about your lifestyle, there are 2 points I want you to consider!
-You already know about the importance of staying active as you age. But there is something I do want to emphasize which is the importance of strength training. Having more muscle on your body will only help to keep your metabolism working as efficiently as possible. As the amount of muscle you have is one of the primary determinants of the age-related decline in resting metabolic rate.
-Do NOT rely on diet alone to control your weight. Your diet does need to be in correlation to your goals but you can't out perform a bad diet just like you can't eat without working out to see results. It’s a lot easier to get the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy if you’re eating 2500 calories per day and burning them off with a high level of physical activity than if you’re eating only 1500 calories per day and sitting around doing nothing.
Workout of the Day !
5 rounds
Run 400
-15 burpees
-25 air squats or weighted if want extra resistance
-15 push ups
-25 sit ups

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