Many people do not understand the body’s metabolism and think it is this complicated process that you are either lucky to have a good one or not so lucky to have a bad one. This; however, is very far from the truth. They body’s metabolism is like a well-oiled machine; it knows what it has to do and functions efficiently when given the right tools. Okay, so that doesn’t tell you what it is; your metabolism is the part of your body that turns calories (fuel) into energy. The rate at which your metabolism functions is very important to your overall physique and can even act as an anti-aging agent later in life.It is natural, as we get older, that our metabolism begins to slow; in fact, it tends to slow a little each year unless you do something to prevent it. See, the more you slow down the more your metabolism slows down. If you stay active – physically active – your metabolism will too; which is where the anti-aging agent comes into play.You can help the rate at which your metabolism processes calories by building muscle. Muscle burns fat – a lot of fat – even during resting periods like when you’re asleep. One of the main reasons for this is that muscles need a lot of energy in order to maintain their “shape” and strength. (Remember, metabolism creates energy output.) Therefore, the more muscle you have the faster your metabolism will be and the more efficient your body will be at the anti-aging process.Muscle is not something that you are either lucky to have or not; you have to work at it. Even if you have muscle in your younger years, you will have to work to maintain it as you age. Just like your metabolism, muscle begins to depreciate around the age of 30 and slowly depreciates every year after that. Muscle depreciate can actually be fairly significant when you hit your 50s when it is depreciated at a 15% and increases to 30% after the age of 70. While you may not realize the risks involved, yet, this is not a risk you want to take.Okay, so we know that a slow metabolism and the loss of muscle mass will happen as we get older, yet we want to avoid it. If you maintain both of these aspects of your body you will have given your body its very own anti-aging agent. We already know the why; metabolism burns calories which help to keep the fat off; muscle needs these calories (also helping to keep the fat off) but also provides a firm look to your body that typically only comes with youth. The question, now, is how do you attain this anti-aging agent?We all know we need to eat a well-balanced diet in order to stay fit and healthy, so we won’t even discuss that here – just remember it. The key to anti-aging is strength training. A proper strength training routine should only require you to work out 2-3 times a week for about 30 minutes per session. You have three options here:• Work out in a gym on your own• Work out with a personal trainer• Work out at home on your ownWhichever approach you take, you need to make sure that you are challenging your muscles to the point that you feel it. If you do not challenge and push your muscles you will be wasting your time. If; however, you do challenge your muscles and “feel the burn” you will be well on your way to the solution to anti-aging.This anti-aging process may sound a bit unattainable and impossible, but it is not. Remember, building and maintaining healthy muscle mass and keeping your metabolism running at optimal speeds will give you the ability to look and feel younger than you are. You will still get older; this is not an anti-aging myth like the fountain of youth, but a real anti-aging solution to keep you active as you reach you elder years – even into your 50s, 60s, and 70s.