Why Some Muscle Soreness is OK!

Why some muscle soreness is A-OK?!

This is a great question and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard

“I am so sore from that last workout!”

I’m sure everyone has experienced muscle soreness after either a hard workout , long hike or even a day of picking up leaves in the yard and I understand why most folks don’t look forward to it , but I know once you understand the actual process that’s going on and all the anti- aging benefits that are related to and even triggered by this soreness technically called adaptive micro trauma you will look at that muscle soreness in a whole new light.

When we work out enzymes and proteins from the muscles leak into the blood stream and trigger inflammation drawing white blood cells to the area . These white blood cells are like a wrecking crew coming in and tearing down the place

this inflammatory reaction than actually triggers the good guys. The building proteins to come in like Master Carpenters and refurbish the muscles and make them even stronger than before.

All these proteins and enzymes are now coursing through your entire body including your organs like your heart and lungs so your entire body also reaps the benefits helping of all these anti-aging proteins and enzymes not just the muscles you trained the day before.

People who workout consistently are actually younger on a molecular level than their out-of-shape counterparts, according to a recent study led by Tim D. Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College in London as reported by the Washington Post.

They found that exercise appears to slow the shriveling of the protective tips on bundles of genes inside cells (called telomeres), which means a slowing of the aging process.

“These data suggest that the act of exercising may actually protect the body against the aging process,” said Professor Spector.

* Telomeres cap the ends of chromosomes and every time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter.
* Once a telomere gets too short, that cell can no longer divide.
* Aging occurs as more and more cells reach the end of their telomeres and die. This results in weakened muscles, skin wrinkles, loss of eyesight and hearing, organ failure and slowed metal functioning.
* The study analyzed the telomeres from the white bloods cells of twins over a 10-year period. Telomere length was used as a marker for the rate of biological aging.
* It was found that the length of telomeres was directly related to that twin’s activity level. “There was a gradient,” Spector said. “As the amount of exercise increased, the telomere length increased.”
* People who did 100 minutes of weekly exercise had telomeres that looked like those from someone about 5-6 years younger than those who did 16 minutes of exercise each week.
* People who did 3 hours of vigorous exercise each week had telomeres that looked like those from someone about 9 years younger.

What does this mean to you?

The fountain of youth is literally at your fingertips!

NOTE: were talking about muscle soreness in this article not a injury, an injury will only set you back on your FITNESS QUEST so be sure to use good form and train smart.

It’s always a good idea to heat up any sore muscles before your workout with a light warm up and or moist heat and cool them down with ice when you finish , you want to avoid chronic inflammation.

Any questions please feel free to e-mail me and or check out my site at www.360personaltrainer.com

Stay Healthy!

Michael Brooks

Personal Trainer

e-mail: Michael@360personaltrainer.com