Is Age Just a Number?
A recent study by Duke University reported that the process of aging is highly variable among even young people in their teens, early twenties and early thirties.
Young people who are aging rapidly show early stages of physical and cognitive impairment, leading to early dementia symptoms.
This is why improving health through diet and exercise is important from a young age and throughout life. It improves the state of all our organs, leading to a positive imbalance between chronological and biological age.
Biological age is a measure of how quickly your body systems are declining.
Slow Down Aging: Resistance Training
Drop down and give me 50. No? How about 5 then?
Studies show time and time again that resistance training is one of the most potent weapons against biological aging.
Sarcopenia is the name given to the age-related loss of muscle mass and it's associated with declining strength, endurance, power, vigor, resilience, increased body fat and lethargy. Do any of these sound familiar? Strength training programs can not only halt age related muscle loss, but even result in muscle gains in people in their sixties, seventies and beyond.
It's never too late to start exercises like squats, lunges, deadlifts, pushups, pull ups and bench presses. But always seek medical advice before starting any exercise program.
Slow Down Aging: Take the Stairs
I once spent 3 years doing an IT contract for a company whose office building comprised just 3 levels.
At one time, there was an issue with the elevator that put it out of commission for 3 days.
It didn't affect me, as I never used the elevator. I either ran up the stairs or carried my bike (a small group of us used to go bike riding at lunch time.) But there were four women working on the third level who simply didn't come in to work for those three days.
They weren't elderly, frail or handicapped. Just fat. And guess why?
While consistent, structured, exercise is important, simply living a physical life and taking walks, climbing stairs, doing the gardening, swimming, playing sports or anything else that gets you up and moving on a daily basis is as important as anything else. Simply keeping your body moving is the greatest protector against aging that I know of.
Slow Down Aging: Mediterranean Diet with Fish and Olive Oil
The Mediterranean diet has consistently been linked to aging slowdown and living longer and, most importantly, better.
One of the most consistent findings associated with a Mediterranean diet is that it is protective of the brain and helps slow or even stop the cognitive decline that comes with aging.
In an older population, a Medi-terranean diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts is associated with improved cognitive function.
Foods that are included in the Mediterranean diet are fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, seeds, nuts, legumes and the occasional glass of red wine.
Slow Down Aging with Sex
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