I have seen countless
people who, for one reason or another, get to be in their 40's and
older, and just give up. It's as if they are saying, "the time to be
healthy is passed, that's for younger people". Well I think just the
opposite. Younger people's bodies are functioning like a new car, they
can treat them badly and dump in low quality fuel, and yet they seem to
run OK. Unfortunately, that type of treatment catches up to you, and
the old body starts to show signs of wear and tear. So instead of
getting more lax on what you eat and how active you are, I believe you
should pay more attention to these things than ever before and keep
yourself functioning properly.
CAN JUST TAKE MY MEDS AND BE FINE
I have seen so
including my parents, fall into the trap of going to the doctor,
getting prescriptions for what ails them, and thinking that will solve
the problems. Then they go on with their life as always. Medications
have their purposes, but in the end all that they are doing is creating
a result. More often than not they do not address the source of the
problem whatsoever. For instance, diabetes
medications can get your
blood sugar into a specific range, but do they solve the problem of why
your body's insulin isn't working like it should? Statin drugs can get
your cholesterol down to a certain level, but they do not address why
it was up at a high level in the first place. The point I am making is
that your body is a wonderful mechanism. When you cut the skin, it
heals. When you break a bone, it mends. When you are infected with
sickness, your body fights it off. I am not saying that medications
should be shunned. If you are in real need of medication, take it, but
don't use it as a replacement for taking the right steps to healthy
living. Create the proper environment for your body to function
correctly in the first place, and odds are you won't have to rely on
drugs to resolve the issues.
WHAT THE HELL DOES ALL THIS HAVE TO DO WITH WORKING OUT AS I GET OLDER?
My point is
are some of the most common effects of aging? Well, you can suffer loss
of bone density, and you lose muscle mass. We also have a tendency to
gain weight and have less energy. Perhaps most seriously, with age we
can develop heart disease, and diabetes. Many people just accept this
as a reality of age, but it doesn't have to be so. Weight training and
aerobic exercise, along with proper nutrition and a generally active
lifestyle can fight both the loss of bone density and the loss of
muscle mass, as well as to help your metabolism perform at a high rate.
You can also
look forward to keeping your body weight down, helping to
keep your arteries clear and better regulation of blood sugar levels. Expending
energy creates energy,
that is something I firmly believe. I also believe that these basics
will help a plethora of other problems that are associated with age.
Yes, we all get old, there's no avoiding that, but we don't have to
just sit back and deteriorate. Maintaining healthy habits will enable
us to enjoy life instead of just enduring it.
ABOUT SOME SPECIFICS?
You do need to
into consideration, but don't use it as an excuse. A 50 or 60 year old
man is obviously not going to do the same workout as a 20 year old.
Still, older people should exercise. Since your body is not really in
the "building" mode anymore, you should use resistance training at
lower weights and higher reps, say 15-20. This will help keep your
muscles toned as well as help prevent muscle loss, (remember to get
plenty of protein in your diet). As you get older, barbells may not be
the best choice all of the time, but you can definitely utilize
dumbbells and weight machines.
As far as
exercise goes, I often see people who are getting up in years jogging.
Treadmills and exercise bikes are good ideas, and there is always the
old standby... walking.