Does Age Matter??
We all get older. We know that. Its inevitable. It’s the one thing we don’t (currently) have control over. But as we age, and our bodies start to slow down, does this mean we can’t obtain or maintain the physique we want and desire? Can we stay fit and active into our elderly years?
As we get older, there will be certain factors that will affect your health and fitness. Aspects such as muscle deterioration, reduced levels of bone density, decreased movement within the joints, and a lowering of the immune system. These factors will happen no matter how fit and healthy you are. But we can slow down the process.
A sedentary lifestyle, no matter what age you are, is not good, let’s be honest. The human body was designed to move, be active and not to sit around. Unfortunately, due to office jobs and the fact we drive a lot, leads us to sit down most of the day. It’s the modern lifestyle. But it’s something we need to be wary of and adjust accordingly.
So, while our bodies are continually ageing, we can slow this down by a variety of different ways. I have listed below some of the ways in which we can keep physically fit as we get older:
- Be active
- Maintain a nutritiously dense diet
- Eat a balanced diet
- Maintain a ‘healthy’ weight
- Drink plenty of water
- Reduce sugar intake
- Limit alcohol consumption
- DON’T SMOKE (fairly obvious)
- Control and manage stress levels
While it may not be possible to do all of these at once, it would be a good idea to seriously consider most of them. All of these aspects to your life can help you a lot as you age, and I have listed some reasons why below:
- Maintenance of mobility
- Maintain your strength and agility
- Increases vitality
- Improves sleep
- Gives your mental health a boost
- Help diminish chronic pain
- Helps prevent memory loss & cognitive decline
So, as you can see from the above, keeping active as we age can have such a hugely positive influence on your life.
Don’t be sedentary. Be active. Be healthy. Be happy. And your body and your mind will repay you throughout your whole life.