“Is it true that if you don’t use it, you lose it?”

“Is it true if you don’t use it, you lose it?”

“Is that a serious question?”

Well, in the case of muscles, yes!  Unfortunately, if you want the body and athleticism of an athlete, you have to MOVE like one.  (Just ask Arnold.)

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Fortunately, our bodies want to move. In fact, new research shows that they even remember their former strength. It is easier for someone who used to be fit to get back there again.  And while this muscle-memory may not be permanent, it’s at least very long-lasting.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm (and a lasting strength-memory!)

However, there is a small catch.  It appears that muscles loose their ability to form strength-memory as they get older. What does that mean?  The earlier you start, the better for you and your long-term health.  So what are you waiting for?!  Let’s hop to it!  Here are some workouts to get you started.

What does this mean for sports?

Since watching sports is a large part of how many of us enjoy our free time, the question then becomes:  what do we do with professional athletes who have been convicted of steroid use? It appears now that once a person uses steroids, the long-term effects to muscle capability are likely permanent.

Where do you stand?  How does this new research affect your opinion of athletes who have been convicted of steroid use in the past?  Could Arnold really return to his former glory?  Post thoughts to comments.