Are Your Muscles as Healthy as Chewbacca’s?

Everyone out there probably recognizes my friend Chewbacca. Why have I includedChewbacca-and-janet this photo here? I want to make a point about muscle health. What better model than Chewy?

You can’t necessarily evaluate muscle health by looking at someone. Good muscle health will help you avoid illness and recover more rapidly if you do get ill. We all know the dangers of falling and breaking something as we age.

According to Dr. Donald K. Layman, “Muscle size and strength are usually associated with body builders and athletes, but the latest research is proving that healthy muscles are critical for adult health. Average life expectancy continues to increase, but along with the blessing of longer life comes the risk of age-related diseases. The risks for obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancers increase with advancing age. Excluding individuals who die early in life from an accident, injury or acute illness, we all expect to live healthy and robust lives well into our 80’s or beyond. For adults over the age of 65, the real risks for loss of health relate to muscle function and mobility. The measure of functional mobility is defined as the ability to perform activities of daily living or ADL. ADL is a measure of independent living and directly predicts morbidity and mortality – how healthy will you be? … and how long will you live?” 

Of course, I can’t guarantee that you will age as well as Chewy has since 1977!! The idea, however, is to live longer younger. No matter what your age, now is the time to start taking care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

The Best Way to Predict Your Future is to CREATE It!


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