“I’m getting old”. – Have you ever heard someone say that and you quickly came to their defence and say – “Hey, you’re not old.” Or “Don’t be so foolish you’re still young.”
Athletes are quickly reminded by their age simply because of the physiological components of sports, the extreme requirements and the split second differences between making the play or not making the play.
Sports, movies, television and most advertising celebrates, promotes and glamorizes youth so much so that we are often amazed by people “past their prime” who “defy” aging or challenge the accepted norm of aging expectations.
When someone says the word ‘aging’ to you, what comes to mind? Are you suddenly filled with anxiety about what this means to your looks and body in the years to come?
Or perhaps you’ve come to terms with it. Aging doesn’t scare you, but you view it as something that will take place, like it or not. As such, you’ve just made peace with this fact.
Whatever the case, where do these beliefs come from?
The fact is, many people have incorrect notions about aging. They think that aging is completely out of their control. It’s a part of living that will take place on its own time.
This may not be entirely accurate however. New research has come out illustrating that aging may not be the natural occurrence we once thought.
Let’s look deeper.
The study, which was published in the Diabetes journal, outlined the fact that regular exercise could help prevent senescent cell development, which is a contributing factor to many age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.
The direct of the Center on Aging’s Healthy and Independent Living program, Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D. noted that ‘We think at both a biological level and a clinical level, poor nutrition choices and inactive lifestyles do accelerate aging.”
Now, there is research to prove it.
While the research was conducted on mice subjects, it still has strong implications for the human population as well.
The mice in the study were either given a healthier diet or one that consisted of a ‘fast food diet’ (the equivalent for mice). Those eating the fast food diet had a 300% increase in total body fat mass over a period of about four months. And to make matters worse, most of the fat that accumulated was in the abdominal cavity, which is the most dangerous type of fat tissue.
When these mice were given access to exercise wheels however, much of this was negated, in particular, the development of senescent cells. While the effects of the fast food diet were still there, they were dramatically lessened.
And, those mice eating the healthy diet still showed positive benefits as well. This clearly indicates just how powerful of a role exercise can be.
This isn’t the first study to come out illustrating that exercise can help combat aging either.
Another study published in the Plos One journal noted that even healthy older adults wills tart to show mitochondrial impairment and muscle weakness as they get older. The researchers noted however this can be substantially reversed when resistance training exercise is performed.
The subjects in the study started out 59% weaker than their younger counterparts prior to training but after the six month training period, were just 38% weaker than younger adults. With continued training, this gap could potentially lessen even further.
What This Means To You
Far too many people in today’s times take for granted the fact they are healthy right now.
Sure, you may not be battling Alzheimer’s disease or struggling with cancer or diabetes, but don’t think that those conditions are not building in your body. For many people, they are – you just don’t know it yet.
Remember that changes at a cellular level are happening constantly and often, take years to show themselves on a more physical level that we can detect.
So while in your 20’s and 30’s, all may seem fine, if you are not making appropriate lifestyle choices, all may not be fine at all when it comes to your body.
It has never been more important to take control over your health than in today’s world where processed and fast food is around every corner. We as a population are becoming more and more obese by the year, which is a good indication that more of us are developing these senescent cells and putting ourselves on a path to premature aging and disease.
Start making healthier food choices, getting more active, and making sure that you are supporting this by using digestive enzyme supplements and probiotics. Both of these will help ensure that you are making the most of the healthy food you are eating and will help support higher energy levels, making it easier to get that exercise in that you need.
Whatever you do, don’t sit back and relax because you think you are healthy right now because statistics suggest almost everyone reading this article can improve.
Recognize that although we can’t change the procession of time we can take action to slow down the aging process or reverse years of body abuse.
Today is a great day to take action towards a healthier future. Get some tests, commit to a workout, hire a trainer, nutritionist or better yet jump on our complimentary 12 week double your energy course and turn the tables on aging once and for all.
Also make sure you check out my other blog post on food cravings and sugar addiction
Nathan K. LeBrasseur et al. Exercise Prevents Diet-induced Cellular Senescence in Adipose Tissue. Diabetes, 2016; db15029 DOI: 10.2337/db15-0291
Melov, Simon, et al. “Resistance exercise reverses aging in human skeletal muscle.” PLoS One 2.5 (2007): e465.