I just finished listening to a Mel Robbins podcast on The Science of Strength Training: Learn how lifting weights helps you lose weight, feel better and Live longer. Her guest was
Dr. Gabrielle Lyon's forthcoming book "Forever Strong: A New, Science-Based Strategy for Aging Well," Here’s an interesting fact;
What do you think is the largest organ in the body?
It’s your Skeletal Muscles. It makes up 40% of your bodyweight and is a nutrient sensing system. And when you contract your skeletal muscles it releases myokines, communicating with other organs of the body moving glucose into your cells. And the best way to contract those skeletal muscles is through exercise.
Oh, and if you guessed your skin it only accounts for 5.5% of the total body weight. And your actual skeleton is around 14% of your body weight.
Here are some interesting takeaways from this podcast;
-Your Skeletal Muscles is a nutrient sensing system.
-People are too concerned about being overweight. They need to stop thinking of what to lose (weight) and shift to what you can gain (muscle).
-There is no healthy sedentary person.
-Muscle is the currency of health. You Must Earn It!
I totally agree!