The Time to Slow Aging Is Now
By Tom Herrin
In older times, there seemed to be a general feeling that there was really nothing that could be done to affect aging. It was going to happen no matter what people did, so they may as well accept it. Things are a little different today. Many people are able to delay effects of aging much longer. Terms such as “fifty is the new thirty” seem to be more common for good reason as many people are far more proactive in taking care of their health. Philosophies have changed considerably in the last few years as people have realized that they are often limited by their own vision, or lack of it.
Passing the Time Is Usually An Aging Factor
In a sense, when people simply get into daily routines without giving thought to managing their health, obvious signs of aging will show up. Blood pressure and blood sugar usually rise and cholesterol begins to go downhill. The cases of type 2 diabetes appear to be on the rise nationally, largely due to poor habits regarding exercise and diet. These things may add up and result in loss of sleep and mobility. Aging skin may be another consequence of all of this.
Many Have Underutilized Their Natural Potential
Studies have shown that people who have lived sedentary lives for long periods of time can make changes in their activity and see great improvement in only weeks or months. A good exercise program can improve blood supply to the body, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, and help to improve cholesterol problems. Aging results in some loss of muscle and bone density and an increase in fat. Waistlines also increase. Exercise can keep those muscles working and burn more fat.
You Can Do Much More Than You May Think
From personal experience, I know that regular exercise can keep muscles toned and maintain some strength. It can also do a pretty good job managing fat. I am not a workout fanatic, but I do so with some regularity and I am able to wear the same size pants I wore 40 years ago, although I have battled weight on and off. I am also able to deal with a lot of the aches and pains that come with age. The key is to simply slow the aging process and have a little personal control. You know you are going to get older, but it is nice to think you can enjoy the ride.
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