When I got the notification for this podcast, I knew immediately I had to share it with the Hyatt Training community.

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon promotes the benefits of muscle and shares the science behind muscle as the organ of longevity. Dr. Stacy Sims has devoted her career to pioneering research around building and maintaining lean muscle in women as they age. As estrogen levels decline from age 35-45 and beyond, women must approach strength training differently.

Last fall I took 20 hours of continuing education with Dr. Sims. This podcast is a 1 hour CliffsNotes of that course.

Here’s my take away (for men and women alike!):

  • None of us get a do-over for our middle age years and beyond.
  • If you are under 40, do everything you can to maintain your lean muscle.
  • If you’re in your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s or beyond, it is never too late to make an impact.
  • We must lift heavy enough weight and follow a progressive overload plan to yield the dividends we seek.
  • We must eat enough protein to build the precious lean muscle that keeps our physical bodies moving through space AND guards our metabolic health by burning glucose well.

I believe Jeremy said it like this last week: The best time to plant a tree in your backyard is the day you move in. The next best time? Today.

Author Lee Carson is a writer, business strategist, health advocate, principal and co-founder at both Hyatt Training and Florasophy. She believes in a minimally processed whole-foods approach to nutrition, and loves sharing ways to use food and movement as catalysts and tools for optimal health. Learn more about Lee, or get in touch with her by emailing us at Go@HyattTraining.com.

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