Getting healthy is the best way to make time for YOU

Sometimes all we need in life, is to stop and take care of ourselves before we can focus on everything else. Whether you are unhappy with who you are, how you look, or how you feel, you should always take the time for yourself.

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The Difference Between Muscle Tissue and Body Fat

The body is an amazing organism and is made up of many different elements, including various tissues, bones, organs and fluid. The two that we seem to focus on the most, when it comes to exercise and our health, are muscle and fat. We exercise and monitor our nutritional intake to build one, muscle, while trying to lose the other, fat (also known as adipose tissue).

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photo-60Skeletal muscle is the most abundant tissue in the body accounting for approximately 42% and 35% of body weight in men and women respectively. An average male who weighs 185 pounds would have about 78 pounds of lean muscle tissue while a female who weighs 140 pounds has approximately 49 pounds of lean muscle tissue. The remaining body weight, once muscle and fat are accounted for, includes water, mineral, bone and organ weight (the average human heart weighs about 10 oz. while the brain weighs about 3 lbs.). That same average male that where talking about may have, on average, about 25% body fat (or 46 pounds of fat) while that average female may have 30% body fat (or 42 pounds of fat).

One of the amazing things about muscle tissue is that it has the ability through regular, progressive exercise, to increase in size (known as muscle hypertrophy). Donnelly and colleagues have reported that strength training studies (lasting from 8 to 52 weeks) have shown increases of 2.2 to 4.5 pounds of muscle mass. On the other hand, fat tissue typically decreases in size when an exercise prescription is consistently followed. In addition to increasing in size, muscle can also get stronger and with additional training, improvements can be seen in endurance capacity, power output and force production as well.

Fat is stored in the body in the form of triglycerides and also stored in fat cells which are called adipocytes. According to Coyle, about 50,000 to 60,000 calories of energy are stored in fat cells throughout the body. Fat can also be stored within skeletal muscle cells. Protein stores in muscle can account for about 30,000 calories of energy. Muscle tissue can contribute approximately 20% of the body’s total daily energy expenditure compared to 5% for fat tissue.

The photo shows equivalent amounts of both muscle and fat (5 lbs.) but the same amount of muscle, which is more dense, takes up one-third less space compared to fat. Five pounds of muscle and fat may in fact weigh the same but that is where the similarities end. Muscle tissue, pound for pound, requires 3-4 times more calories to maintain compared to fat and is important in the process of energy metabolism. A pound of metabolically active muscle tissue requires 5-7 calories per pound while fat tissue is less metabolically active, needing about 2 calories per pound.

Finally, muscle plays an important role in the aging process. With advancing age we experience a loss of exercise capacity. This is due to first, to a decline in skeletal muscle mass and strength during aging and then a decrease in maximal oxygen uptake mainly due to a drop in maximal heart rate, according to Henning Wackerhage, PhD, a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Exercise Physiology at the University of Aberdeen.

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Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer, Koko FitClub

About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in Cape Cod, MA.

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References

Marieb, EN and Hoehn, K. (2010). Human Anatomy and Physiology (8th ed.). San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings.

Elia, M. (1999). Organ and Tissue Contribution to Metabolic Weight. Energy Metabolism: Tissue Determinants and Cellular Corollaries. Kinney, J.M., Tucker, H.N., eds. Raven Press. New York.

Donnelly, J.E., Jakicic, J.M., et. al. (2003). Is Resistance Training Effective for Weight Management Evidence-Based Preventive Medicine. 1(1): 21-29.

Wackerhage, H. (2014). Molecules, Aging and Exercise in Molecular Exercise Physiology. Routledge.

Coyle, EF. (1995). Fat metabolism during exercise. Sports Science Exchange, 8(6):59.

Increase your productivity, sleep better, eat better, and lead a healthier lifestyle with this one system

Regular exercise can do more than just help you lose weight or increase strength. It can alleviate lethargy and boredom, and can be a wonderful, natural remedy to stress to and anxiety.

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Mud Run season is here and more people than ever are using this coaching system to get ready

Here is a truly remarkable KokoNut! Meet Charles, a 3 time Spartan Race vet who loves to train at Koko!

chris-bruek-whats-your-whySo last year I decided to cross out a bucket list objective of running a Mud Run before I turned 50 and lost the ability to make it happen.  I trained hard and completed not one but THREE Spartan Races in 2015, earning the coveted Spartan Trifecta!  It was a difficult achievement and a dream come true, but no matter how hard I trained each one seemed to kick my butt a little harder, but I did finished it!

So how do you follow that up when you turn 50?  Well you do it TWICE that’s how!  Here is a pic from the Dallas Beast on Sunday, which completes my first of two 2016 Trifectas.  27 combined miles and 75 combined obstacles later I accomplished half my goal.  What did Koko do to get me there?  It made me FASTER.  I cut considerable time off each of the previous years time’s.  In addition to being faster, Koko made me STRONGER.  Out of 75 obstacles, I only failed 6 in 2016.  Again, that was half the failures of 2015.  Not to mention, I blew through the penalty burpees that almost crippled me in 2015. The CONDITIONING Koko has provided as given me the strength to preserver.  For example after the 2015 Beast, I spent over 24 hours in the bed and did not make it back to the gym for over a week.  This year I got up at 7 a.m. on Sunday and helped a friend move for 11 hours AND I was back in the gym after 2 days!

Will I stop there?  No way!  I have another Spartan race in Alabama on November 19th and two more in Florida on December 10th and 11th for a total of six races in 2016!  That’s KoKo STRONG.  Thank you for ALL you do to keep us all moving forward and achieving our dreams.  When I started KoKo, my doctor told me he wasn’t sure which one, Diabetes or a Heart Attack would take me out first but if I didn’t change my lifestyle I wouldn’t live to see my kids graduate from High School.  Now he pumps me for fitness tips when I have a check up because he “hasn’t seen anything like this before.”  I could not have done it without Koko.  Barbara’s non-stop inspiration and the Monthly Challenges keep me coming back everyday when all I want to do it get a little extra sleep.  I tell everyone 50 is the new 30 🙂

Attached is a picture of me proudly flying my Koko flag at the finish line with my Trifecta Medals.  You are more than welcome to use it or any part of this to help or motivate others.

Thanks for ALL you guys do!

Charles
Certified KokoNut

There you have it.

Stay Koko Fit!

Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer, Koko FitClub

About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

Know Your Nutrition Numbers for Fiber and Sugar

There are many variables that you can look at when you’re trying to get your diet under control especially during the cold “hibernation” months of winter. Rather than trying to count calories or eat specific macronutrients, become more aware of your fiber intake and the amount of added sugar you’re consuming each day. Gaining more knowledge and having a better understanding in these two areas could significantly improve your health and well-being.

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