Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I have been reading about exercise and aging and again, it inspires me and gives a lot of hope. I was not fully aware that muscles starts to atrophy at 30 but that it is very reversible by "explosive strenght exercise" I have had "natural" strength exercise up until 2010 - I bred horses and did a lot of muscle work daily in connection with that. Since then I do very little and even though I have been to the gym all autumn, I need to do more. My author otes a research from Simon Melov - he had a bunch of 70-year olds då strength exercise twice a week for six months, they should use weights that was about 80 % of their muscle strenght.
They were compared to a group of 25-year olds, not only had they won over half the gap in muscle condition, they had alsochanged 179 of the 596 genes that science knows has an impact on aging.
The conclusion is that exercise does not only stop aging, it even makes us younger!
I find this really encouraging. I am also pleased over reading that exercise is not for weight loss, I knew it from my own experience but looking at for example biggest loser you can think that it is all in the exercise... in fact a BMI up to 35 (I am unfortunately higher) gives you the same cances to live as being slim. Exercise you should do for yout health, there are a lot of benefits and according to my book it is better to be an overweight runner than a slim couch-potato...it is always refreshing to read other angles than the common...
Another fact I diod not know - and it does not make me that happy - is that it is better to be an everyday agile person than a 230-minutes-hard-exercise-and-
then-the-couch" person. I sort of like to do the exercise and then sink into total passiveness, since my feet hurt as they do... but the research shows that it is better that I try to move around a little every 30 minutes than do longer sessions and then completely still (ther is nothing wrong in doing both
My mood gets very optimistic after reading these things. I think that it is because they show me that I can change things a lot, it is never hopeless and I can do small things that counts. As a drama-queen I prefer to do big dramatic things but nowadays I have a hard time to find the energy...
Reminds me about my friend who worked with cows up until 55 years when her daughter took over the farm and my friend did office work until retirement. Putting on maybe 6-8 kilos, still not fat but some chubby parts you may say... after retiring she started to help her daughter with the animals again - and at seventy she looks like the greyhound she used to before 55 again...all in the lifestyle.