As we age, keeping our muscles healthy and strong makes all the difference in the fight against cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes. Particularly if you have hypermobile joints or arthritic joints, having muscle bulk and strength around that joint reduces the stress placed on it, because the muscle does more of the heavy lifting. If you’re a runner and suffer from tearing calves or Achilles tendon injuries, then strengthening your calves can help.
I have serious arthritis in my shoulders, but unless I do exercises or movements that require a lot of range then my pain is minimal because I have enough muscle bulk to support those joints.
We need to be realistic: hitting the gym or the park or the mat to make your body perform better is a good thing. But doing ab exercise after ab exercise in the belief that if you do enough you’ll achieve the shape and weight you want isn’t a valuable use of your time.
Focusing on your core areas and strengthening your body overall will not only help your metabolic rate, but will support your joints so that you can keep on hitting your personal best. Six pack or no six pack.