To Your Health

Summer is upon us and for many that means spending more time being active outdoors.

A lot of people will spend less time working out in the gym when the sun brightens our lives here in the Pacific Northwest. Understandably so, we all love taking advantage of the many summertime activities, hiking, backpacking, kayaking and more.

While we all love this and would never persuade you to do differently, we have a few thoughts for you as you head into the summer season.

Did you know that if you are inactive you lose 3 to 5 percent of your body muscle each decade after the age of 30? This is called Sarcopenia. Less muscle means greater weakness and less mobility, both of which may increase your risk of falls and fractures.

As we age, we have to work to maintain and grow our body muscles that support our joints and frame. Without these muscles we end up dragging our bodies around instead of propelling ourselves into action. Most of us aren’t doing enough to grow or maintain healthy muscles. When we engage in our daily activities that we’ve done many times before, we can get injured because we don’t have the muscle strength to support our active lifestyles.

It’s important to get at least 30 minutes of strength training, three times weekly to ensure good muscle health.

When we lose muscle, we stress our joints, and this can lead to injuries. When you lose your core strength, the lower back starts to ache. When you sprint without muscle strength you can twist or pull tendons and ligaments.

A healthy, active body must be maintained with regular exercise. The older we get the more important this is. It’s also good to get these healthy habits started at a young age.

So - this summer, get out there and enjoy yourselves! Just don’t forget to start your summer activities with a good exercise routine to keep that body of yours safe.

Veronna Arthur is manager at Anytime Fitness in Clatskanie. She may be reached at 503-728-2777.

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