More Important The Older You Get
Though the Picture is Impressive, Even a Little Bit of Muscle Helps
ALTHOUGH I still look like I exercise (because I do), I don’t focus on building muscle just for the sake of being admired. Instead, the older I get, the more important it is to maintain enough muscle mass, strength and flexibility to experience a long and vital life.
When I get to be 80 and inevitably fall down, I want to get up completely intact.
No hip busting for me!
So, this isn’t about addressing the desires of a Mr. Olympia wannabe, but rather the concerns of the rest of us who want to be in good enough shape to shape a great future for our bodies.
UPDATE: Talk about “muscles forever”, well check out the new science behind How Exercise Slows the Aging Process.
ImmunPlex This is like mother’s milk for me. I use this whey-based protein powder liberally. Since I eschew meat, whenever I prepare a meal with out enough protein, I shake some ImmunPlex with almond milk and, viola, I get the some of the best, easily-assimilated protein available. This is amazing stuff and offers many health benefits.
ZMA is a synergistic combination of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6 that promotes restful and restorative sleep, and enhances muscle strength and endurance.
Amino Acid Complex A potent and comprehensive blend of over 20 amino acids, I take this just before a work-out. I find it helps me sustain a strong, sustained effort during exercise.
MSM A naturally-occurring nutrient and sulfur compound that supports healthy joint tissue, promotes strong, flexible joints, and assists the body in maintaining strong connective tissue.
Creatine Monohydrate Although this is very effective at increasing muscular strength and endurance, I use it sparingly (in fact, not at all in recent years.) for two reasons: 1) Most of us don’t exercise to our potential and so we can improve without Creatine; and 2) If you get too excited about how well this is working and over consume, it’s possible (though unlikely) you could damage yourself, particularly your kidney’s. I would only use Creatine if I was rehabilitating a muscle injury or needed a jolt to get pass a weight lifting sticking point, only after maximizing my regular effort. Read more about Creatine here and here, and consult with your doctor before using it.
Just as with the descriptive statements made at the various company sites that manufacture and/or sell the supplement products presented in this blog, none, or nearly none, of the potential benefits stated here have been evaluated by the FDA. Likewise none, or nearly none, of the products here can be represented to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Before engaging a supplement program, it always makes sense to get the advice of your health practitioner.
Published on August 16, 2009