Why Muscle is Important

So I had coffee with a friend who has recently been getting deeper into crossfit. She’s noticed her jeans were a bit tight after not wearing them for a while and at first was a bit concerned. She spent some time reevaluating the things she was doing and realized she was building some lovely, strong, and beautiful quads. She’s happy with it. Like all you strong women should be. Those quads are great for a lot of things. And that muscle you build, is also great for a lot of things…So that’s what I am going to cover today. The importance of muscle. I think I’ve done this before but I’ll hammer it into the ground again. For fun, and because people just don’t get it.

Someone please- give me a place or time where skinny little size 0 thighs are good for anything. Like an actual functional purpose. because there is none. You may think they look better, but they don’t. The only time they are good for anything is when you are stuck on an island and people revert to cannibalism to survive- those size 0 thighs will be the first to go because everyone else will kill that person and they will be too weak to defend themselves. (Okay, I took that a little too far but whatever- you catch my drift.)

What does strength training (lifting heavy shit) do?

Improved bone health, maintained/built muscle mass, increases flexibility, decreased body fat, decreased risk of injury, improved body image, reduction in disease symptoms, etc.

Stronger muscles improve posture, support joints, and reduce the risk of injury from every day activities.

Weight bearing activities help to prevent osteoporosis and improve your bone density.
As you age, your muscle mass starts to decrease. This is called Sarcopenia. Strength training can prevent and even reverse sarcopenia in elderly populations according to the Health Sciences Institute.

Strength training prevents disease. Per livestrong.com…”Strength training plays an important role in risk factor intervention by protecting the inside of your body from disease. Resistance training may positively affect risk factors, such as insulin resistance, resting metabolic rate, glucose metabolism, blood pressure, body fat and gastrointestinal transit time, writes R.A. Winett, lead author of “Potential Health-Related Benefits of Resistance Training,” an article published in the November 2001 issue of “Preventive Medicine.” These risk factors are associated with ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.”

You will improve your body composition- less fat, more muscle. Running on a treadmill will not increase your muscle mass. Don’t tell me it will. You are lying. You may, if you run for a very long time, start to lose some body fat but you will also be losing muscle. Chances are that if you do this, you are also eating like shit and your body is going to go for your muscle for fuel and start storing some fat. That sounds like fun doesn’t it.

Your lives will be better if you lift weights. The American College of Sports medicine will tell you that since your daily activities require a percentage of your muscular capacity, you will be able to do these things with less stress on your body- leading to greater independence as you age. (this should be obvious)

To read some awesome articles on strength training go here…

Strength Training
Bone Density
why cardio sucks…

To get more information you can go to one of the websites below…(Only go here if you feel like looking at sources that the normal person would approve of. You really shouldn’t bother)
http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/growingstronger/why/index.html, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/strength-training/HQ01710, http://www.ajcn.org/content/84/3/475.full

Anyways- the RAGE Fitness Catalog came out and I AM IN IT. Which I find fairly exciting.

So Muscle is important for a lot of things. If you don’t have it, you will eventually end up in a nursing home at a young age because you won’t be able to take care of yourself.
You choose. I couldn’t give a s**t what you decide because It has nothing to do with the fact that 50 years from now, I will be climbing mountains.


One response to “Why Muscle is Important

  1. SIIICK J! I wish I was cool enough to be in a catalog because of my quads =P Good post; always worth reiterating the importance of strength training (Sunday’s Deadlift/ring dip wod was a harsh reminder that I haven’t been lifting REALLY heavy enough lately).

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