Aging is More than Coping

Not many people enjoy getting old. Aging means the preconceived notion of gaining weight, contracting diseases and losing mobility. People in societies like America have this fetish with staying young as long as possible. They do whatever they can to look young; whether that be Botox, lipo-suction or excessive working out. It seems though that those who are able to stay looking young are those with the money to do so.

To prove this wrong and to help edge away from this mind set, let’s look at another culture that is not used to instant gratification. Many of the third world countries with indigenous tribes revere their elders as something to aspire to. Old age is a trophy; a sort of accomplishment saying “we look up to you because you survived this long.” Aging here in America is different. Having grey hair isn’t necessarily frowned upon, but keeping the body healthy and young is chased after.

Your body getting older is simply a part of life. It is nothing to be ashamed of. But what about all those risks and things that naturally deteriorate in your body? Well, I’ll be honest there will always be some things that cannot be helped nor prevented, but most of them can be.

Exercise: that’s the key. It’s never too late to start. Your body will react to vigorous activity at any age, although it takes a bit longer to react at an older age. Eating healthy and working out regularly will change your body for the better and could actually become a natural fountain of youth.

If you are younger, start treating your body better now. Find a workout routine that works best for you and keep it up as you age.

If you are already over the hill and up the next one, don’t worry so much. Start your workout in intervals. Take one minute every five minutes to walk at a high intensity rate for about a 20 minute walk and move on from there. You’ll get there! Just keep with it! If you need motivation, drag your partner or friends along!

Aging does not have to be “the plague.” Learn to exercise and be proud of moving your body when you reach 100!

Stressed Women and Weight Gain

According to research, going through a stressful situation will cause cravings for less-healthy, high-fat foods. Ironically, stress also causes women to metabolize these types of unhealthy meals much more slowly. It is a lot harder to want to eat healthier foods when the stress of the day weighs down. This especially happens when there is no energy for making a healthy meal and fast food becomes the quickest option.

On average, women who are under stress can gain up to 11 pounds per year than a woman not under stress and eating the same thing.

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Cardio or Weights?

Cardio or Weights?

In all honesty, it really depends on what results you want to have. There are advantages to both cardio and weight training workouts but putting the two together will change your body shape the fastest and most efficiently.

Predicting Alzheimer’s?

Prediction of an incurable disease could become more a curse than a help. As of now, the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease comes when there is already a significant amount of brain damage. New technologies are moving toward an early prediction of the so-far incurable condition.

In the future, doctors may be able to test a patient’s sense of smell as an indicator of developing Alzheimer’s. People who are unable to identify between certain odors are more likely experiencing cognitive dysfunction. Early stages of dementia, and possibly Alzheimer’s, are believed to be when the brain cells for sense of smell are destroyed.

Another more reliable method to predict the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease is through the use of blood tests. Research performed in Georgetown University Medical Center found that seniors with low levels of 10 specific lipids in their blood were predicted to get Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairment with up to 90 percent accuracy.

On the bright side, finding this disease earlier on could help to slow down the symptoms and eventually find a cure, On the other hand, many people really would not want to find out that they had an incurable disease. Some see the knowledge as a curse or something hanging over their head as they wait for death and others are more than grateful for the knowledge to prepare. I guess it all depends on the person and the severity of the situation.

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Parkour for Seniors?

Yup! You read correctly! Parkour – the daredevil activity of performing jumps and flips through urban environments like an obstacle course normally thought of as a “young man’s” sport. Not anymore.

 In London, about a dozen men and women over the age of 60 get together to practice the main elements of the sport. The movements are brought down to a level of adaptability for anyone to be able to handle. Even those with replacement joints and other medical conditions are able to increase their strength and flexibility in their daily activities.

Could this trend of seniors learning Parkour possibly grow to a worldwide phenomenon?

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