How to take care of your muscles

How to take care of your muscles

Many times we don’t think about caring for our muscles in other ways than just “pumping” them with workout routines; but the advantages of knowing how to properly take care of your muscles include avoiding injuries and dealing with the results of aging is crucial.

What the research shows: “Maximal muscle strength is achieved in the 20s and 30s,” says Roseann M. Lyle, Ph.D., professor of public health at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. “If you’re sedentary, you will start losing strength after age 50 at a rate of 2 to 5 percent per decade.” But if you keep using your muscles, through activities like weight training, you can maintain strength and flexibility even into your 90s. It’s also important to work on balance, which falters with age, and to keep muscles agile so you can react quickly.

The muscular system works with the bones to produce a wide range of movement but also plays an important role in breathing, digestion and the circulatory system. Preserve the function of the muscular system system by developing habits that reduce muscle stress and improve muscle function and strength.

If you’re not sure about becoming active or boosting your level of physical activity because you’re afraid of getting hurt, the good news is that moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking, is generally safe for most people.

5 Keys to taking proper care of your muscles:

  1. Rest – give yourself 48 hours between working muscle groups, only work out for an hour at a time and one day a week don’t work out
  2. Stretch – stretches of tight muscles like calves, quads, traps, lats, hamstrings, etc. where you hold for 30 seconds done once or twice a day increase flexibility
  3. Massage –  helps with muscle recovery, and it’s also beneficial for improving your range of motion, your flexibility and your muscle tone by increasing it. It also helps in removing toxins and waste from your body.
  4. Breath – when you’re doing the most work on the muscle, remember to breathe
  5. Drink Water helps your metabolism to stay regulated, it flushes the toxins in your body, it energizes you by keeping you hydrated

The bottom line is – the health benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks of getting hurt and if you take care of your muscles you will enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

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