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Boost Your Metabolism With These Protein-Rich Foods

2 Nov

Protein-Rich-Foods[1]The benefits of dietary protein are well-documented.  Unfortunately, most of us do not get enough protein in our diets.  It is estimated that we should consume 0.6-0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight, each day, to help protect against age-related muscle loss (that’s 105-140 grams of protein per day for a 175 pound man).  Active individuals should aim for the upper end of this equation, and athletes may need even more.

Additional benefits of adequate dietary protein consumption include:

  • Muscle repair
  • Increases fat-burning
  • Increases satiety (full feeling) after a meal
  • Decreases subsequent energy (calorie) intake
  • Leads to weight loss

I found an interesting article in Prevention magazine that lists several protein-rich food sources that can help you get 20-30 grams of protein at each meal.  I especially like the idea of supplementing your daily protein intake with whey protein powder.  8-10 oz. of milk, mixed with a scoop of whey protein powder, provides 30+ grams of quality protein.  Mix it the night before, then drink it the next day — a few sips, throughout the day — at work, home, school, etc.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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You’re Never Too Old to Exercise

18 Feb

senior_fitness2[1]Advancing age (65+) is associated with a loss of muscle mass, which is due to physical inactivity and the selective loss of Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers.  This reduction in muscle mass is directly related to a loss of muscle strength and power.

Resistance training has the potential to offset this age-related decline in the following ways:

  • Increases muscle strength
  • Increases muscle endurance
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Increases muscle fiber size
  • Increases muscle metabolic capacity
  • Increases resting metabolic rate
  • Decreases body fat
  • Increases bone mineral density
  • Increases physical function

Although the aging process is associated with several undesirable changes in body composition, older men and women maintain their ability to make significant improvements in strength and functional ability.  Both aerobic and resistance exercise are beneficial for older adults, but only resistance training can increase muscle strength and muscle mass.

Before participation in an exercise program, seniors should be pre-screened (physical exam, medical history, risk factors) to determine the most appropriate type of activity.  Additionally, older adults should:

  • Perform an appropriate, low-intensity warm-up prior to each exercise session
  • Use a level of resistance that does not overwhelm the musculoskeletal system
  • Allow 48 to 72 hours between exercise sessions
  • Perform all exercises within a range-of-motion that is pain-free
  • Always exercise under the supervision of a trained instructor

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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Boost Your Metabolism With These Protein-Rich Foods

5 Aug

Protein-Rich-Foods[1]The benefits of dietary protein are well-documented.  Unfortunately, most of us do not get enough protein in our diets.  It is estimated that we should consume 0.6-0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight, each day, to help protect against age-related muscle loss (that’s 105-140 grams of protein per day for a 175 pound man).  Active individuals should aim for the upper end of this equation, and athletes may need even more.

Additional benefits of adequate dietary protein consumption include:

  • Muscle repair
  • Increases fat-burning
  • Increases satiety (full feeling) after a meal
  • Decreases subsequent energy (calorie) intake
  • Leads to weight loss

I found an interesting article in Prevention magazine that lists several protein-rich food sources that can help you get 20-30 grams of protein at each meal.  I especially like the idea of supplementing your daily protein intake with whey protein powder.  8-10 oz. of milk, mixed with a scoop of whey protein powder, provides 30+ grams of quality protein.  Mix it the night before, then sip on it the next day — throughout the day — at work, home, school, etc.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

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