Is your body approaching 100,000 miles?

I had a client come in a few weeks back and we were discussing the importance of regular maintenance work for his body and muscles.

As an auto mechanic, he was accustomed to the idea of doing maintenance work for cars and making sure all components were working properly for the long haul.

During our discussion, he brought up an interesting similarity between cars and people. He told me that prior to 100,000 miles, you can pretty much do whatever you want with a car and it will handle it alright. You can accelerate and brake fast, you can drive for long periods of time without giving the car a rest, and you may even be able to extend some of the traditional maintenance stuff out a bit longer than recommended and the car will handle it just fine.

However, once the car hits 100,000 miles, that all changes. The parts of the car break down much faster than when the car had fewer miles on it, and doing regular maintenance becomes an absolute must to keep the car functional.

However, when you drive the car with respect to how many miles it has and make sure it gets regularly tuned up, you can continue to drive the car for tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of miles more.

It is fascinating how similar this is to the human body.

For most people, before the age of 30 or 35, they can pretty much “drive” their body however they want.

They can stay up late drinking. They can eat whatever food is in front of them. They can workout (or not) however they want. And somehow their body just keeps getting better and continues to allow them to live like that.

Then, they hit a “magic” age where things start to go downhill. Again, for most people this is happening in their 30s, although they often don’t realize what is happening until their 40s. Then they reach the big 4-0 and “everything starts breaking down”.

The truth is, that breaking down process had been going on for years, but they only recently realized how detrimental it had become.

So what can you do about this? If you are in your 30s, are you looking at an abyss of inevitable decline? If you are in your 40s or beyond, is all hope lost?

Fortunately, the answer is a definitive NO.

But, you need to start taking action NOW to make sure you are heading in the right direction and warding off potential issues.

Just like a car needs to be brought in to have its oil and brakes changed, your body needs to be regularly tuned up, too!

Out of all the things you could get tuned up with your body, the most important is making sure your muscles are functioning properly. Proper muscle function is the key to making sure your posture stays aligned, your joints stay healthy, your nervous system stays functioning well, and you stay strong and capable throughout your life. There is even evidence to suggest that having your muscles function well will reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and help your brain waves normalize.

At Muscle Activation Schaumburg, we specialize in helping our clients’ muscles stay strong and functioning well using Muscle Activation Techniques® and specific forms of strength training.

Not only are our clients able to live their lives feeling strong and capable, they are also able to move throughout their day without pain, tightness, or soreness thanks to the support of their muscles.

If your body is approaching the metaphorical 100,000 mile mark, or if you have already passed it, it is time to start taking your health, strength, and function seriously. Getting your body regularly tuned up with Muscle Activation Techniques® not only will help your muscles function better, it will also keep you active, strong, and mobile so you can continue to do everything in life you enjoy.

If you are interested in getting your body assessed and tuned up with MAT®, you can schedule with us online here.

You don’t have to feel like your body is breaking down with every passing year. Start getting your muscles tuned up on a regular basis with MAT® and experience what it is like to live in a body that feels as strong and mobile as it did in your teens and 20s.

Julie & Charlie

Team MAS

Muscle Activation Schaumburg is an exercise facility located in Schaumburg, IL with a goal to help you keep your health for as long as possible. We know that it is your health that allows you to do the things you love in life. This is why we promote a lifestyle that includes exercise, rather than exercise that is a burden to your life. Muscle Activation Schaumburg provides Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®) and personal training services to its clients. We use MAT® and exercise to increase the function of your body. A well-functioning body is what allows you to stay healthy and do the things you love. We value helping the members of our community of Schaumburg as well as surrounding communities of the Northwest Suburbs improve their health.