Anyone who exercised in their youth and then again in their 40s or 50s knows that muscles you never knew existed will ache in middle age. Why?
What is the goal of exercise at different ages? Should muscles be flexible? Strong? Supple? Bulky?
Should we eat protein before we workout? After? At all?
There are so many questions that come to mind… since exercise is an integral part of our lifestyle at any age now.
Here is an interesting writeup that will get the thoughts flowing as we delve deeper into the workings and importance of muscles at different stages of life. Simply increasing muscle mass may not contribute to long term health, but think of the formidable grandma who looks frail but has muscles of steel… seems quality of muscles is important, not quantity. Lots to think about…
Also, most athletes, and many amateur exercisers tend to take ibuprofen (NSAIDs) to prevent or treat the pain in muscles. However, these may actually weaken the muscles by slowing the repair process!
Here we have an explanation from Dr Pradeep Upadhyay, of Gujarat:
“Ibuprofen or any NSAID will prevent the process of inflammation, which (inflammation) when happens leads to recruitment of satellite cells……. which in turn leads to formation or recruitment of new (muscle) fibres and fibre hypertrophy. However, if the pain is DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) which may prevent the next work out session…. taking occasional doses won’t affect much.”
So… take home message? Occasional use of ibuprofen is okay. Make a habit of it, and instead of getting stronger, your muscles get weaker with exercise as stem cells can not replace broken down muscle!