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The Aging Body: 3 Surprising Body Fitness Facts

Body FitnessIt is natural law that as we age, we begin to lose some of our mental and physical aptitudes. Without continual work to push against these natural forces, we have a harder time doing the things we once were able to do. Pilates and other fitness programs will help you fight these natural forces, improving your mental and physical functions. Here are three surprising body fitness facts to inspire you to try a little harder each and every day.

  • After age 30, our metabolism slows down by a rate of about 1% each year. While there are many health factors that can have an impact on this number, 1% is the average. This means your fitness now is important. Exercise, healthy eating, and a calm mind can give you a better advantage over your slowing metabolism.
  • After age 50, you can lose up to 2% of your muscle mass every year. This means by age 80, you could be down 60% in muscle mass. While exercise is one of the most critical factors in determining if you are one of the people in this group, even a little muscle loss can have an impact on your quality of life. It is important to develop these healthy habits early in life and know that it is never too late to start a body fitness program.
  • Arthritis symptoms can begin around age 30. When you have joint pain, you are at a much higher risk for stopping healthy workout activities. Joint problems are caused by a variety of factors, and it is important that you do all that you can to maintain your fitness level.

For more body fitness facts or tips on starting a program that is right for you, contact Fitness By Design today.