By testing your grip strength, physical therapists are able to develop a general sense of how much muscle mass you have. There are many important functions of muscles in the human body, including being used as “pumps” which are necessary for proper circulation. Weakness of your muscle mass will reduce blood flow throughout the body and most importantly reduce the flow back to your heart. A reduction in blood flow back to the heart puts you at a higher risk of:
- Heart attach
- Heart disease
Having poor muscle strength can also put you at a higher risk of arthritis and joint pain! Two key steps to building more muscle mass are to 1) lift weights and 2) eat more lean protein. Protein is an essential component of every single cell in your body. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, so by consuming the amount your body needs, you will be reducing your risk of injury and disease and increasing your overall quality of life. Hang out with your friends more! By getting a group of friends together, it’s easier to stay motivated to succeed. Chances are more than one your friends may have the same risks as you. Some suggestions are to sign up for group exercise classes, become gym buddies, or start build your own exercise regimen to do together. Having someone to go on this journey with you also holds you more accountable, giving you a higher rate of success!
The physical therapists at Hohman Rehab are highly knowledgeable on setting you up on a program to meet your specific needs. We treat all ages in the Clermont 34711 area, with a goal of making each patient as independent as possible!