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Does Culture Win Out In Aging ?

By Tom Herrin

There is sometimes disagreement as to what things have the greatest influence on something that affects everyone, such as aging.  Many people believe that genetics are everything and nothing else has any real impact.  Others believe that external factors have a far greater effect.  Some believe that it is a balance of the two, which seems more likely.  Even with that said, studies have shown that people who have been inactive for long periods of time can still get serious about exercise and see improvements in as short as weeks or months.  

Exercise Is A Serious Need

No matter what people do with themselves, there is always a need for exercise.  It can build or maintain muscle mass, increase bone density, and keep an adequate flow of blood working throughout the body.  This can provide the oxygen needed for the cells to work as they should.  As muscles and bone are strengthened, fewer injuries are likely to occur.  People will tend to have better balance and reaction time which truly turns away aging.  Mobility is all too often lacking in people as they get older.  It doesn’t have to be that way.

Everyone Loves A Good Attitude

Wherever people are, they are taken with those who have a good attitude.  They are more pleasant to be around, thus they will have larger social circles.  They seem to have a sense of the role they play in life and its importance.  They see life as full of opportunities waiting for people to take advantage of them. They make up that group that volunteers their time and efforts to help those in need.  It is believed that those with good attitudes may add several years to their lives because of the effect it has.

Culture Seems To Have Some Role

Lifestyles vary for people in all different places.  Climate may play a part.  Food is known to have a big part.  The Japanese have more who live to be 100 than possibly any other group of people.  There may be several factors, but it is known that they consume a large amount of fish.  This means they take in a lot of omega-3.  Many believe this is a possible contributor to their longevity.  It is certainly worth looking closely at diet.  Culture may play a big part in managing aging.  A good diet may mean a longer life for those who embrace it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Oceanside, Calif.


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