Lean In… Why Muscles Matter!

In conversation about how muscles keep us going & how to fuel them better, in this episode of "Health as we know it".

Lean In… Why Muscles Matter!

Research shows that we tend to lose muscle mass at a considerable rate per decade, from age 40 onwards. Muscles are central to health and much more than just body building. From higher immunity and energy levels to faster recovery, better insulin sensitivity and reduced stress levels, your muscles are a powerhouse of potential that can be nurtured for good health!

From the interesting ways our muscles run our day-to-day, to how we can better nourish them… get all the insights from the experts, in the latest episode of Health As We Know It!

Our panelists:

Dr. B Ravindra Reddy: Consulting Surgeon, Division of Surgical Gastroenterology and General Surgery,  President of Indian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, panel member for WHO’s guidelines for nutritional support for hospitalized patients in the Southeast Asian region.

Mrs. Yasmin Karachiwala: Award-winning fitness instructor and celebrity trainer.

A few highlights from the discussion:

Muscling on

To paraphrase Dr. Reddy, we are what we are because of muscles. From routine activities like walking, getting up from a chair or reaching up to grab something from a shelf to providing protection to the joints and being pivotal for the maintenance of various molecular functions in the body, our muscles are always at work! Dr. Reddy also goes on to explain that the amino acids present in our muscle protein are used for each and every biochemical reaction taking place in the body.

Quality and Quantity Matter: Muscle Health

Are you working on your muscle health? Quantity and quality of muscle are both taken into account to help gauge whether your muscle health and functionality is optimal or sub-optimal, for your age group. Loss of muscle mass can compromise your immune system function, affect recovery from injuries and more.

Form & function

As Yasmin shares from experience, poor muscle health is a big problem, often because people equate muscles to buff celebrities... not a matter of everyday and long-term health. However, working on muscle health isn't a question of aesthetics, but a matter of gaining and maintaining functions critical for a full, balanced and active life! Focus on movement instead of focusing simply on your weight – aiming for a better muscle mass to fat ratio can do wonders for your health, say our panelists.


Balancing nutrition and movement

A healthy diet with the right balance of micro and macro nutrients is essential. Hydroxymethylbutyrate (HMB) a natural metabolite of amino acid Leucine is said to be especially helpful for improving muscle health. Studies have linked taking HMB supplements to certain benefits, such as increased exercise performance, reduced muscle breakdown, and increased muscle growth in untrained and older adults HMB helps in increasing protein synthesis, muscle mass and reducing fat mass. Equally important is inculcating physical activity into our lifestyle to activate muscles and manage overall health and health conditions. Feed your muscles adequately through the day and after your workout as well… and the rest of the magic happens while at rest!

Enjoy the process, sans excuses

The key is to aim for good health and fitness, not just gains and losses. Educating yourself on how your body works, what it takes for optimal muscle utilization and why it helps, makes all the difference and helps eliminate excuses. Whether it’s for daily routines, age-related issues or to help yourself recover from illness sooner, as our panelists share from personal experience, make exercise and nutrition a part of self-care. Pick exercises you enjoy to help strengthen your muscles, and re-educate yourself on how your muscles work and how they help keep you going.

Muscles are at the core of good health, affecting immunity, recovery from illness, mobility and so much more. Ready to learn how? Click here to catch our podcast, for in-depth insights on how muscle matters are impacting health as we know it. 

Disclaimer: The information mentioned in this document is only suggestive /for patient education and shall not be considered as a substitute for doctor’s advice or recommendations from Abbott. Please consult your doctor for more information. 

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