How to stay young!
I’m going to be honest here, the idea of aging scares me a little. I’m not talking a number or time in my life, it’s just the thought of slowing down and feeling brittle or tired and unable to do the tasks that I once took for granted. That scares me.
As it stands at 33 years old, I’m stronger than ever before, I have more energy I feel like I’m I can only get better.
So, when does the decline start?? When does my body decide its time??
Rather than waiting I have decided to take a proactive approach. I want to prevent that sudden decline we have all been led to believe is bound to happen at some magical age!!
So today I want to share with you WHY exercise is so important in the aging process!!
We can slather on all the anti-aging creams, get fillers and use all the filters we want! But keeping our body young starts with your lifestyle. Diet and exercise are crucial elements of the anti-aging process!
A good nutrient dense diet and water are essential for keeping healthy, there are also some little extras you can add in if your diet is not up to scratch.Boosting your health with leafy greens or greens powder and glutamine for recovery are simple and effective.
Everyone should exercise regularly throughout all stages of life. Regular physical activity helps to maintain independence and quality of life, reduces the risk of chronic diseases, and improves mood and mental health!
So, lets investigate this a little deeper.
There are a lot of outward factors associated with aging, from weight gain to thin, wrinkly skin. Young-looking skin has a lot do with something called myokines, proteins released by working muscles.
Aging begins in your muscles roughly around age 35 when you lose muscle mass (5 pounds per decade) and gain fat (1 percent per year). Exercise maintains lean body mass, keeps metabolism high, and weight on track.
Exercise stresses the muscles, which in turn produces a protein that moves across the blood-brain barrier and stimulates the brain, causing the hippocampus to grow.
The outward manifestations are less joint pain, less bone loss, less wrinkles, more mobile ability. By changing that it changes how you look and perform. you're standing more upright; you're walking with normal range of movement and no pain.
Now to the inside job!! We know exercise can help prevent disease, but how?
Aerobic exercise can help improve your heart health and endurance and aid in weight loss. High-intensity interval training is generally safe and effective for most people and can take less time. In high-intensity interval training, you alternate exercising at high levels of intensity and exercising at a less intense level for short periods of time. Even activities such as walking at higher intensities count.
Strength training can improve muscle strength and endurance, make it easier to do daily activities, slow disease-related declines in muscle strength, and provide stability to joints.
Flexibility exercises may help you to have optimal range of motion about your joints, so they can function best, and stability exercises may help reduce the risk of falls.
Regular exercise can help improve your heart health.
For people with high blood pressure, exercise can lower your risk of dying of heart disease and lower the risk of heart disease progressing.
Regular exercise can help insulin more effectively lower your blood sugar level. Physical activity can also help you control your weight and boost your energy. If you have type 2 diabetes, exercise can lower your risk of dying of heart disease.
Exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercises (core-strengthening exercises) may help reduce symptoms by strengthening the muscles around your spine.
Exercise can reduce pain in arthritis, help maintain muscle strength in affected joints and reduce joint stiffness. It can also improve physical function and quality of life for people who have arthritis.
Exercise can improve the quality of life for people who've had cancer, and it can also improve their fitness. Exercise can also lower the risk of dying from breast, colorectal and prostate cancer.
Exercise improves sleep, which regulates thousands of genes and shrinks the white fat that increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease
Plus, exercise stimulates the hippocampus, and a hippocampus means a better memory—and we all want to have that long into our old age, and people who are active on a regular basis are at less risk of dementia and cognitive impairment.
Still need convincing. Basically you will be HAPPIER!! All this put together equals a much happier you. It's not just those "runner's high" endorphins—regular exercise can improve your life in oh-so-many ways. All you need to do is make it a habit—research has found that people's mood significantly improved on days they exercised, so find a way to fit a quick workout into your daily routine and you'll be well on your way.
SO here is to exercise and living a long and happy life!!!