The aches and pains of old age now can be avoided, along with many illnesses, say medical experts.
Put simply, it’s possible to avoid or prevent many of the problems we associate with aging — such as weakness and sore joints — and even many illnesses like heart attacks, diabetes and broken bones.
While we all have to get older each day, year and month, we don’t have to give up our good health, say experts Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry S. Lodge, co-authors of the bestseller books “Younger Next Year” and “Younger Next Year for Women.”
“It turns out that most of the biological decay we call aging is an automatic response to the SUV, cable TV, and fast-food lifestyle of the 21st century,” says Crowley.
“The reality is that how much you exercise, what you eat, and how involved you are with other people are the fundamental signals that run every cell in your body and brain.”
The signals of modern living — such as being sedentary, eating “crap” (as Crowley and Lodge put it) and being isolated and stressed — are the signals for your body to decay and age at a dramatically accelerated pace.
“Luckily, it is easy to send the opposite signals,” stresses Lodge, who says that the keys to reversing the negative aging process lie in the three fundamental areas of exercise, nutrition and emotional connection.
Here are some tips from the book “Younger Next Year” that can help you get started on living strong and fit even as you age:
• Exercise six days a week, and be sure to mix aerobic exercise with strength training. Do aerobic exercise four days a week and strength training with weights two days a week. Make sure to check with your doctor that you are healthy enough to begin an exercise regimen. And don’t overdo it when you first get started.
• Eat right. This one sounds simple — and it can be. The authors stress that you should avoid fast food and, as they so eloquently put it, any snacks whose names end with the letter ‘o.’
• Commit to connecting with others and staying involved. As many people age, they become isolated and do less. Get out there with friends and family. Get involved in groups and do communal things, whether work or play. We literally were built to be involved with and to care for one another, and that shouldn’t change as we age.
While present-day Americans live longer than ever, with an average life span of 77.9 years, we lag behind 41 other countries. This is down from being 11th overall just two decades ago, according to The Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics.
“The remarkable thing is that simple daily choices can tip the balance,” says Crowley. “Instead of moving toward decrepitude, a person can build up his body and mind.”
For more tips on how to beat the aches and pains of the aging process, read the book “Younger Next Year” or “Younger Next Year For Women” by Crowley and Lodge, or visit www.youngernextyear.com.
From StatePoint Media