General Health

Aside from my physique goals I also want to be as “healthy” as possible.

I know BMI isn’t a great indicator of health in people who have more muscle than untrained individuals. However surely there is a point where you start to have too much muscle mass and it becomes detrimental to your health, e.g. Markus Ruhl whose BMI is 40 at competition weight. I would love Caveman’s physique but would it be healthy?

What about aerobic exercise? I try to do a minimum of 2 steady state cardio sessions a week to try to keep my heart healthy, this is my only form of aerobic activity apart from daily walking. Is this enough or am I wasting my time, considering I have rather intense weightlifting sessions. Keeping my heart healthy is a big concern of mine as many in my family seem predisposed to heart attacks/high cholesterol/poor heart conditions.

I’m currently at my lowest body fat percentage ever - 14%. I plan on trying to go down to 10% and hopefully staying below 12% in the long run. Would this be adequate?

On the diet side of things I just follow Berardi’s 7 habit’s. Anything else I need to consider?

Apart from these concerns perhaps this thread can grow to be a sort of compendium of tips for general health for T-men.

Flat,
(let me preface the following by saying my goals may be different than most here)

be ready to be confused to no end. just a couple of examples–i started using whey (which if you read “health” claims by reputable authors, it’s rarely mentioned) and my chol. took a turn for the worse. that’s just me, others may be fine (i’m 59) OR will time tell. at 59 you can understand me keying on health rather than build muscle.
Surge–tried it once, mentally beaten up everytime i used it with all that sugar going into my body. does it help build muscle–no doubt as this is a fine site with many knowledgeable people who back up there claims with research, it’s just not for me.
protien ? anabolic diet ??? i promise it will have you thinking.
Mike

For general health issues, look into something like Flameout and REZ-V. There are tons of studies showing health benefits for these things.

On the other side, I’m not sure there is a point where simply carrying more muscle is unhealthy. However, a lot of people who carry large amounts of muscle get there by potentially unhealthy means.

Frequent exercise, good eating and a few key supplements should do the job, unless you have particular issues you need to watch out for.

That’s what I think anyway…

If you do what you say long term you will be healthier than 98% of the western world and probably as healthy as can be hoped without some prohibitively obsessive practices that may not even work anyway. Basically what Vroom said.

[quote]Flat wrote:
However surely there is a point where you start to have too much muscle mass and it becomes detrimental to your health, e.g. Markus Ruhl whose BMI is 40 at competition weight[/quote]

The chances of anyone looking like Ruhl without genetics better than most people on the planet and several years of extreme anabolic use are slim to none. Muscle alone is not detrimental to health. Muscle also doesn’t fall on you without you doing a lot of hard work to gain it. That makes worrying about “carrying too much” a complete waste of time since most people with ‘average’ genetics won’t get their arms over 18" without several years/decades of lifting weights no matter what they do.

[quote]Professor X wrote:
<<< Muscle also doesn’t fall on you without you doing a lot of hard work to gain it. >>>[/quote]

SHIIIT, now he tells me ;-]