Is this the image you think of when you hear the word - Muscles:
While technically correct, we want to shift your focus off the aesthetic front, to the very core need of strong muscles for everyday life.
Your Body Can't Move Without Muscles
Muscles, which are attached to bones or internal organs and blood vessels, are essential for movement. Your body's physical functionality is dependent on the state of your muscles.
If your muscles are weak, basic daily functions such as walking or wrist rotation may be an issue as well.
Since it's such a basic and crucial component of your body, your body is always going to retain your muscles yes?
Muscles shrink with age. It is a natural process which starts after the age of 30.
With the decrease in muscle strength and size, the likelihood of injuries increase due to the lack of strength and balance that muscles play a core part in.
Here are a few tips to maintain and strengthen your muscles:
1. Do Resistance Training
You can read our interview with Pulse Lab Trainer - Jeremy Tan here, on why he thinks resistance training is necessary for muscle growth and why strong muscles are important.
2. Make Sure You Get Enough Protein
As you can see from our little food log experiment, we usually don't eat enough protein daily to maintain our muscles, let alone for muscle growth.
We need at least 22g of protein for muscle synthesis. Be sure to keep track of your protein intake!
3. Prevention of Injury is Important
Remember, when training or exercising, it's ok to get a little help with sport support wear - such as knee guards, ankle guards or wraps! A sports injury can set you back on your muscle gaining goals, and can undo all your hard work.
You can read this article here on suggested items.
4. Get the Appropriate Supplements
The fine line between usual supplements and sports nutrition is slowly getting blurred as people are more educated on the specific usage and benefits of each supplement they consume or need.
A particular supplement that Jason Julius Lim, part of the #FitlionFamily, strongly recommends is Glutamine - a building block of muscle growth. Glutamine levels in your body decrease as much as 50% after an intense workout, and its source is usually from external consumption.
“Glutamine is an important amino acid with many functions in the body. It is a building block of protein and critical part of the immune system. What's more, glutamine has a special role in intestinal health. Remember to add Glutamine into your supplement stack!" - Jason Julius Lim, Co-founder of Team Axis