A number of factors contribute to overall MuscleHealth. Many of these factors are modifiable – i.e. they can be impacted by lifestyle behaviors. Awareness of such factors – and how to best deal with them – will optimize MuscleHealth.
- Stress: High levels of stress – both physical and mental – have been shown to rapidly deplete muscle fuel, even at rest. An awareness of stress management techniques will benefit MuscleHealth.
- Activity: Being regularly active – both physically and mentally – keeps body and brain in good “shape.” Adopting an active lifestyle will have a positive impact on your MuscleHealth.
- Body Composition: A body fat percentage and muscle quality score in the healthy range is an indication of appropriate training and/or lifestyle behaviors. An awareness of how to achieve and maintain these conditions will improve overall MuscleHealth.
- Illness: Most illnesses, whether acute or chronic will impact your muscles’ ability to “store generate and replenish energy.” Taking steps to get well soon will return your MuscleHealth to optimal levels.
- Fatigue: Being fatigued means your muscles are low on fuel. Continuing to exercise will cause a breakdown of muscle. Adopting appropriate recovery routines will improve your MuscleHealth.
- Nutrition: Good nutrition enables your muscles to optimally store fuel. Taking advantage of sound nutritional techniques will improve your MuscleHealth.
- Sleep: Adequate sleep is necessary for muscles to be optimally efficient at storing fuel. An awareness and application of good “Sleep Hygiene” is a major contributor to MuscleHealth.
- Injury: An injured muscle is compromised in its ability to store fuel. Prioritizing rehab will be essential to return MuscleHealth to optimal levels.
- Travel: Long distance travel – particularly when it crosses time zones – has been shown to increase stress and so rapidly deplete muscle fuel. Allowing time for rest, recovery and adequate nutrition during and post travel will optimize MuscleHealth.
- Surgery: Any kind of surgery produces some kind of muscular stress – and this, in turn, will reduce its ability to store fuel and expend energy. Adopting adequate rehab and nutritional techniques will help speed MuscleHealth to normal level