Need Some Speed!
Have you ever noticed that as most people age they begin to move more and more slowly? It seems to take them forever to get out of a chair, walk across the room or bend down to pick something up. This is because as we age we lose about 7 pounds of muscle each decade. And this loss is dominated by a loss in the number and size of fast twitch muscle fibers. These muscle fibers are the ones responsible for allowing an individual to move quickly, and to maintain agility, reaction time, strength and power. As these fibers atrophy, we find ourselves moving very slowly. However, the good news is that this loss can be slowed down and some cases, prevented by training your fast twitch muscles. The rule is “If you don’t use it, you lose it”. So it’s important to do whatever you can to keep these muscle fibers working so they don’t perceive that they are no longer needed.