Slower aging and younger muscle? Is it really possible?
You bet it is!
But if you follow the latest craze making headlines around the world, you’ll almost certainly feel closer to the grave instead.
An eye-catching new study claims the secret to younger, stronger muscle is in a workout program called interval training.
This isn’t just “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” with Richard Simmons. It’s not even Zumba, Rumba, Dumbo or any other exercise craze (yes, I made one of those up).
This is Sweatin’ to the Brink.
It involves going full-out for about a minute — like running as fast and hard as you possibly can — and then slowing down and resting for two or three minutes.
That may not sound like much, but going full-blast at any form of exercise for even a minute is downright tough, and you don’t just do this once.
You have to repeat it, on and off, for 20 to 30 minutes.
If you could TRULY turn back time and get younger, stronger muscles, you might still be willing to give it a shot.
The researchers sure make it sound tempting. According to a bunch of fancy words and numbers they threw out there, older folks who do interval training see a 69 percent increase in mitochondrial capacity (or the amount of energy the muscle cells can store).
But before you sign up for that personal trainer or sink some cash into a DVD training program, there’s something you need to know.
The study’s a scam!!!
They didn’t look at folks like you and me.
Most of the people who tried to sign up for the study were REJECTED because the researchers didn’t think they could handle the rigors of interval training.
What were they left with?
You guessed it: Folks already very fit and athletic.
So, all the study REALLY proves is that people who are fit have better muscle energy.
But that won’t make for a good headline, and it certainly won’t sell workout DVDs.
Here’s the ugly truth about interval training at any age, but especially for older folks: It can lead to pain and injury, and not just the kind of stiff muscles and sore joints you’d link to a tough workout.
High-intensity workouts can also cause your muscle to melt into your bloodstream, where they can float into your kidneys and cause them to come grinding to a halt in a condition called rhabdomyolysis.
Putting yourself through that kind of workout could also induce a heart attack and other serious problems.
There’s a reason most gyms now have defibrillators!
If you want to slow aging and keep strong, you don’t need to break a sweat.
You need to drink more milk.
The proteins in milk can help the muscles repair themselves and grow so you stay stronger — and you won’t have to lift anything heavier than a quart.