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Effects of Aging Can Be Slowed With Effort

By Tom Herrin

Many people have a lot of resolve.  The problem is that much of it is in the form of being resolved to the idea that nothing can be done to affect the aging process because it is destined to happen anyway.  For certain, there is truth to that, but the rate of aging may be more dependent upon the individual and the choices made than just natural processes.  Studies have shown that even people who have lived sedentary lifestyles can make a change that will have a positive impact on those things that relate to their own aging.

Middle Age May Mean Middle Bulge

As people mature as adults, they often see a decline in muscle and an increase in fat.  Particularly in men, this can be seen many times as an increase in the size of the waist.  The classic look of a pudgy middle aged man is sometimes fixed as a picture in the minds of many.  These things tend to go hand-in-hand with an increase in blood pressure.  It also is found in the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes across the country.  

Personal Choices Can Make A Difference

Studies have shown that people who have long histories of inactive lifestyles can start on a program of increased activity and change their health.  Some signs of aging can actually be reversed by people who make a real change and follow through with it.  Considerable improvement has been seen after only a few weeks or months of a regular plan.  Diet and exercise can have a definite effect on vital things such as good and bad cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

The Future May Be Now

If you are concerned about your own aging, you don’t have to sit idly by as an observer simply hoping for the best.  I try to exercise regularly.  When I felt I needed to make more progress, I lost only a few pounds by making a small change in my diet.  After losing less than 10 pounds and getting regular exercise, my blood sugar levels dropped about 10 points to the lowest they had ever been.  My good cholesterol increased for the first time.  You can also find greater flexibility and movement by better diet and exercise.  With a good schedule, these can improve your sleep as well.  If you want to make improvements in your aging rate, grab the bull by the horns and do something.  You will feel the difference.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.


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