Ahhhh.. American muscle! Oh, wait, that refers to american muscle cars.. my badness. LOL. We are going to talk about muscles today, because developing lean muscle in your body has many benefits. We have mentioned in past BLOG posts’s that muscles are essential for burning fat. We also know that lean muscle helps increase bone density for stronger, healthier bones. For women, lean muscle can also create a sense of inner strength. From speaking with several women on this issue, they have felt that having lean muscle gives them confidence and keeps them from dealing with all the insecurities this world hands out. Now, this may not be the case for all women, but like I have said many times, every body is different and we all have to go with what makes us feel good. For me personally, I love muscle. Growing up, I was always kind of a runt. When I graduated HS, I weighed a whopping 128 pounds. I stayed that way all through my Military Basic Training. Once I got to my Technical School, a friend introduced me to the weight room at the base gym. I started gaining muscle weight and loved every minute of it. Ever since then, I have, in some way, been addicted to muscle. For those of you that know me, obviously, I have yet to “wow” anyone with my massive muscle growth, but I am not giving up on the dream of mine to have strong lean muscles in my midlife years! This is not a goal for everybody, I get that, but my hope is, you will see how important it is to having lean muscle, in order to have a strong healthy body. You don’t need to become a world class body builder to have strong muscles. You just need to exercise them with some sort of resistance training method, by using your body weight; or the rubber resistance bands; or those dreaded dumbbells. What ever method you choose, just start exercising. It won’t take long before you start feeling stronger. Then, whatever your goal happens to be, start moving toward reaching that goal, and experiencing a sense of accomplishment. Believe me, I know the hardest part of this is getting started. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and do things that are not “natural” to you. It is not “natural” to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, but from what I have heard, it is a feeling that cannot be adequately described, without actually doing it yourself. So, jump on out of that plane, and don’t look back. You will receive the rewards, both physically and mentally, when you put your fears aside, and let “gravity” take over!