Over 50? How to Reboot Your Bod

Over 50? How to Reboot Your Bod

If you have goals and dreams for your retirement, you will need a decently functioning body to carry out your aspirations.  Our bodies begin to decay in our 40’s unless we do something to counter this trend.  Science has shown that there is a way to reboot our old bod and spark our zest long into our third act of life.

 

Younger Next Year

Have you heard of this book?  I didn’t until just this year and boy am I glad I did. I am a skeptic when it comes to the multitude of books promising miracle results for health, youth, weight-loss and beauty.  Before reading Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry S. Lodge, I believed that I wouldn’t be able to do all that I wanted to do in my next3rd.  After?  Talk about an attitude change.  Read it.  It will change your life.

I try to follow ‘Harry’s Rules’ as they are called in the book (Harry being the MD who studies the biology of aging) and feel stronger, fitter, healthier, and more energetic than I have in decades!  I am looking forward to epic adventures in my next3rd including a 4-day hiking trek to Machu Picchu! This, from a girl with multiple old sports injuries, arthritis and a few other next3rd ailments.

 

How You Age is 70% Your Choice

“70% of the illnesses and injuries we are prone to are lifestyle related.”  Yup, that includes most arthritis, some Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and strokes and obesity.  The biggest culprit? A sedentary lifestyle.  When you are active every day, carry the right weight, get enough rest and exercise your brain, you give yourself the best gift.  The gift of a 70% chance of a fulfilling and exuberant next3rd life. Pretty good odds!

 

It’s About Tricking the Brain

Our bodies need to move and when we are sedentary, our brain thinks we are on the decay train.  Our brains still operate on the old hunter/gatherer model. It assumes we are either in growth mode (finding food) or decay mode.  If we are not moving, that is, not hunting or gathering, then we must be dying according to our body’s CPU.  So, it facilitates the decay process.

Hard exercise, research has shown, tricks the brain into thinking that you are on the hunt and your body is in growth mode.  The Younger Next Year series of books provides the details of why and how which has a lot to do with C-6’s and C-10’s.  Hard exercise, 6 days a week counters the decay and aids cell repair and regeneration.  Yep, you read it. Hard exercise 6 days a week!

 

Hard Exercise is the Elixir

It’s aerobic exercise that counters the decay, yes, cardio. 45 minutes of cardio in your target heart zone, at least four days a week. Cycling, rowing, fast walking, swimming, cross-country skiing, you pick.  Aerobic exercise re-builds your aerobic base, reduces disease, improves your mood, reduces stress and makes you smarter.

To improve your quality of life in your next3rd, strength training is key.  That’s the other two days a week.  As we age, we have a higher risk of falling.  “After age 50, a fall can alter your life.  Maybe end it.”   Strength training helps prevent falls. It counters the loss of muscle mass, helps grow bones, restores balance and coordination and relieves pain.  Dust off those weights or your Pilates mat and get strong!

Of course, before you start any exercise, see your doctor, especially if you have been sedentary for a while.  Ease into your new lifestyle gradually.  Consider joining a gym and finding a qualified personal trainer.  It’s important to train properly and in correct form to prevent injury.

 

Harry’s Rules

  1. Exercise 6 days a week for the rest of your life.
  2. Do serious aerobic exercise 4 days a week for the rest of your life.
  3. Do serious strength training, with weights, 2 days a week for the rest of your life.
  4. Spend less than you make.
  5. Quit eating crap!
  6. Care.
  7. Connect and commit.

 

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