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2.28.2022

The Best Medicine

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As we age, inactivity means a 3% to 8% loss of muscle mass per decade. Resistance training can increase lean weight, increase the resting metabolic rate, reduce body fat and preserve lean tissue modifying loss.

The attributes of strength training are numerous; changes in athletic performance, movement speed, motor control, positive cognitive changes, assists in preventing and management of type 2 diabetes, enhances cardiovascular health, promotes bone development, increases bone mineral density and can reduce pain, as well as the discomfort of arthritis, restore injured tissue, reverse specific aging factors and enhance self-esteem.

Muscular contractile activity causes the release of small secreted proteins by cells and their release has a specific effect on interactions and communication between cells. These cellular protein secretions are called ‘cytokines.

Proteins and peptides are fundamental components of cells. Peptides like proteins are made up of amino acids, yet far fewer.  Cytokines and peptides that are produced, expressed, and released by muscle fibers are classified as “myokines.

Myokines mediate communication between muscle and other organs. Their function includes; muscle-brain crosstalk, food intake modulation, fat metabolism, muscle-bone crosstalk, interaction with the vascular system, the skin and communication within the muscle itself.

If you want to remain healthy some of the best medicine to take throughout your life is good old strength training. The addition of Pendulum machines to your home may over time cost less then going to your pharmacy to pick up prescribed medications.

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