MUSCLE MEMORY – FACT OR FICTION?

Updated: Jan 17


There’s a high possibility that you forgot about the jumps in gym class when you were in 8th grade, but maybe your muscles haven’t.


For the last couple of years, science has been fascinated with the idea of how the memory of the muscles can benefit our lives long after we’ve actually worked on it.


This actually means that training your muscles now could help preserve them in the future.


What is ‘building your muscle’?


Muscles are incredibly plastic cells that can grow or shrink, depending on how we treat them.


Muscles grow depending on the exercise and food ratio we give them. If there is a balance between a calculated dietary regimen and a well-prepared workout, then the muscles will have the perfect conditions to flourish.

On the other hand, malnutrition and a sedentary lifestyle can make the muscles shrink, which is called atrophy.


But the thing that is actually building the muscle is a thing called the “nucleus”. Single cells contain only one nucleus. As the muscle grows, It needs to be sustained by more than one nucleus. So it gathers more from the cells surrounding it.


Just as nuclei gather when the muscle grows, the same way it dies when the muscle shrinks.


The long lasting effect

There are a lot of researchers that are affiliated with muscle memory, and they all come to the same conclusion – if you’ve done it before, you’ll do it again.


The memory of the muscle, same as the bone structure, starts being built in the early stages of life. Doctors and physiotherapists agree that the younger you start training your muscles, the longer they will be efficient.


Another thing they agree on is that if a person was ever actively exercising at any stage of their life, before turning 35, then It wouldn’t matter how many years have gone - the muscle will remember.


Studies have shown that if a person is trained in their life, they could restore their former body state even after muscle atrophy


What is “sarcopenia” and what to do!

Sarcopenia is muscle atrophy related to aging. Other possible culprits for it are strokes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and other health problems.


There are practical steps towards fighting back sarcopenia and plain old muscle loss, and It is even possible for the ones who haven’t trained the muscles beforehand.

It doesn't matter if you’re an out-of-shape middle-aged man or woman, or a mountain climber - day-to-day activity can modify the condition of your muscles.

If you’ve missed the last train for building muscle mass as a kid, then start doing it now, but slowly, there’s no rush.


Remember to create a suitable regimen and a nutritious food chart for yourself. If you’re not sure, ho,w, you can always ask for tips from a nutritionist or a diabetologist or a doctor.


Don’t rush to get fast results because you will not. Your muscles haven’t got the slightest idea that you want them to grow, so let them learn one step at a time.





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