Why would perimenopausal women benefit from more muscle? Let’s break down some important points:
It is no secret that having more muscle will help your metabolism. Especially when you hit perimenopause. Because that’s when you want as much help as you can get!
As we get older, our metabolism starts to slow, usually from about our early 30s. Usually, that’s the stage we start hitting some more cardio but resistance training (i.e. adding muscle) – and coupled with a solid macro-based diet – will help to stimulate an efficient metabolism.
Burn more body fat
The more muscle you have, the more fat you’ll naturally burn. But why? Because when we start to generate more lean muscle, our body will start to rely on it’s natural energy source to burn first – and that energy source is fat.
When we don’t have enough muscle, or when we don’t consume enough protein to maintain muscle, our body will eat at the muscle first, holding onto body fat for sustained energy.
Bone and joint health
Another joy of aging (and I feel it too!) is that our bone density and joint health changes. That doesn’t mean its the end of the road. By adding more muscle, you’ll be re-strengthening your bone density and improving join health overall. That said, there are certain times when exercise may have the opposite effect: for example, if you have arthritis. If you do, then have a look here to see what kind of exercise is rather recommended.
Do I need to emphasise how important your overall confidence is? Women (and men, of course) tend to carry themselves differently when they have a higher proportion of lean muscle. That’s because they feel strong, their body shape changes, and they’re seeing muscle form that they may not have seen in a while.
And, besides, It is the ultimate “middle-age” flex.
Yeah. Come on. Having muscle as a middle-aged women is a massive flex. More and more women are understanding the perks to physically having muscle, but most of all because it means you’re a badass.