Are you a mother? The postpartum recovery process is the same whether:
After birth there is a hierarchy of steps to take in order to recover from the monumental physical and mental changes brought about by pregnancy and childbirth. Unfortunately, many women neglect these steps due to time, financial or societal pressures (or a combination).
Of equal importance is to manage expectations. This is a slow process! Resist pressure from within and without to get your old body back and you’re giving yourself the best possible chances of success. You should always:
Good news! The key to long life is in your own hands AND in your legs! You have the power to maximize longevity on your own terms regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, and even genetic pre-disposition. The side benefits are endless and include greater independence (especially as you get older), feelings of self-confidence and improved overall health.
As part of my continuing series 7 Reasons Why Every Woman Should Be Building Muscle, today I am focusing on reducing your risk of injury. How is leg strength linked to longevity? The main way is in fall prevention.
Yes, the best kept secret for longevity is accessible by virtually anyone. The best part is you don’t have to train like an Olympic body builder or 24/7 gym addict. The goal is to improve your leg strength and body composition. In other words, you want to increase the ratio of muscle power to body weight.
Keep the doctor away! As part of my continuing series *7 Reasons Why Every Woman Should Be Building Muscle*, today I am focusing on reducing your risk of disease.
The internet is jam packed with articles linking exercise to lower disease risk. But did you know building muscle and getting fit will lower your disease risk even if you are overweight or obese? According to a study published in BMC Obesity, January 2018: "Association Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Metabolic Risk Factors in a Population With Mild To Severe Obesity", overweight or even obese individuals involved in a regular exercise program can reap many of the same health benefits as their regular-weight peers at the gym.
The study tracked 853 patients in a weight management clinic. They were divided into Fit and Unfit groups, then further divided between mild, moderate and severely obese. Then they were given a multitude of tests to gauge their risk factors for likely metabolic and cardiac diseases. Blood pressure, blood glucose, lipid profile, and other important markers were measured. Even in the severely obese group, the fit individuals had better results and therefore lower disease risk than their unfit counterparts.
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