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Health and Wellbeing

17 Apr 2012

With Jordan Chenery

As a nation, we are getting bigger each year. The health and fitness industry is pushing people more and more to get into “shape”, be “healthy” and lose “weight”.

But is this really the right message to be pushing?

In this column my aim will be to explore the clear connection between food and exercise and the  benefits of healthy living.

Our metabolism is broken down into the following – 66 per cent muscle tissue; 17 per cent exercise; 12 per cent nutrition and 5 per cent body temperature regulation.

This means, that to get the body that most people want, they must include something to increase their lean muscle tissue to aid the metabolism each day.

Exercising is the number one thing that will do this but a structured-based resistance training program is the only non-surgical way to shed body fat and keep in shape.

Fiction: Most people think that with lifting “weights” they are automatically going to get bigger and “bulk up”, this is not the case.

Fact: As testosterone is the single most important hormone involved in building muscle mass, it is easy to see why males are much more susceptible to building muscle than females are. The average adult can expect to lose around 0.25kgs of muscle mass every year from 30 to 60 years of age and gain approximately half a kilogram of body fat each year over that same time span. That’s a 7kg loss of muscle and a 15kg gain in body fat!


Hence why as we age it’s vital that we include a form of resistance training module into our busy lifestyles, which has to be no more than 2 per cent of your week (less than two hours of intense exercise over seven days), with quality nutrition, correct supplementation and the intense cardiovascular training with adequate amounts of rest. Remember this formula, as we will continue to explore it in coming editions.

Next month - matching exercise with your nutrition.

For more questions please follow Jordan on twitter - @jordy_chenery or email - info@jordanchenery.com

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