Tuesday, September 06, 2011
When you are young you find it tough to be consistent in the gym. It is tough to not party on the weekends. It's tough to eat right. Well, just wait because if you think you got it tough you are in for a big surprise. It only gets tougher as you age!
When you hit 30, your metabolism will start to slow down. You will have to work twice as hard to burn off the same amount of food you have always ate. You start to lose muscle cells, and if you are a women, you start to lose bone as well.
I have been reading a book called Younger Next Year for Women. (BTW, there is a men's version too). This book is written by a gereontologist and his 70 something male patient. What they have found is that the only way to fight the tide of aging is to do certain things for the rest of your life. No longer is being consistent in the gym a goal, it is a necessity. For women even more so than men, lifting weights not only keeps osteoporosis from getting worse it actually adds bone. It also, strengthens the muscles cells you have. It won't stop you from losing them though. Also, your joints, tendons and other muscle coordination are kept strong by lifting.
The next thing is to do 60 minutes of cardio 6 days a week for the rest of your life to keep you from having a heart attack, or stroke. Do this at 60-85% of your maximum heart rate. Did you know more women die of cardiac arrest than breast cancer?
Finally, forging friendships throughout your life. As we age, friends start to die. The women and men that live long have learned to make new connections. This site is one way to do this. So make some friends on here.
And remember, you better get your act together as it only gets harder, but the rewards are well worth it. How about beating 80% of what most people think is the normal aging process.