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                                                                                                                                                                  “Decline” is not a word anyone wants to hear when
            GETTING OLD?                                                                                                                                          can be arrested and stalled by incorporating
                                                                                                                                                                  it comes to their bodily powers, but this progression

                                                                                                                                                                  a few lifestyle changes into later life.

                                                                                                                                                                  “As you age, maintain a fitness level that enables you
                                                                                                                                                                  to move around without effort. Once you are in your
            GET FIT INSTEAD                                                                                                                                       than to try and get into shape.”
                                                                                                                                                                  mid-fifties or sixties, it is easier to maintain fitness

                                                                                                                                                                   While dementia and muscle deterioration might
                                                                                                                                                                   seem something to worry about when there are
                                                                                                                                                                   70 candles on your birthday cake, the message
                                                                                                                                                                   from most medical experts is that the body is on a
                                                                                                                                                                   continuum. Whatever can be done now will have a
                                                                                                                                                                   beneficial impact on the future.

                       here are only a few     order is around the 50 mark. This is   lightest form, can be the difference         Age-related muscular deterioration   People who decide on December 31st   adopt the mindset of someone who
                       things about life that   when key hormones start declining.   between a future dependent on                 leads to weakness and often results in   to join a gym and work out five days   exercises, and soon enough, that will
                       are certain. One is the   At this point, the metabolism slows,   others, and independence.                  falls that can be debilitating.   per week inevitably fail because the   actually be you.
               Thard fact that if you get      cardiovascular fitness declines, and   Heart-related diseases are a major              While dementia and muscle      habit is not formed and every session   Moreover, there have never been
             old enough, a doctor is going to tell   muscle mass begins to be replaced   cause of death, and while they cannot     deterioration might seem something   becomes a burden. On average, most   more options for getting fit. Even
             you to shape up.                  by fat.                          be prevented solely through exercise,              to worry about when there are 70   New Year’s Resolutions are in the bin   small towns have organised walking
               A sedentary lifestyle is guaranteed   “Decline” is not a word anyone   their incidence is drastically reduced       candles on your birthday cake, the   by the middle of February.    groups and yoga studios. Tai chi is an
             to either land you in hospital or the   wants to hear when it comes to their   by simply walking. Dr. Michael Ozner,   message from most medical experts   This is why it is vital to start with   excellent place to get started, and the
             grave. The best-case scenario is that   bodily powers, but this progression   a famed heart specialist, says that     is that the body is on a continuum.   achievable goals. Small increments   importance of having good balance
             you end up in a gym, wearing your   can be arrested and stalled by   “taking 10,000 steps per day is the              Whatever can be done now will have a   are attainable. So start with a half hour   cannot be understated. Studies have
             brand new tracksuit and walking very   incorporating a few lifestyle changes   key to avoiding a host of heart-related   beneficial impact on the future.    walk twice a week and one trip to   found that people who cannot stand
             slowly on a treadmill.            into later life.                 diseases”. Walking is low impact and                  According to former marine and   the gym. If the impact is emotionally   on one leg for more than 20 seconds
               Good health is the key to a       For those people who have never   does not place undue stress on joints.          current physical author Stew Smith,   minimized, there is a greater chance   are more likely to have damage to
             prolonged life, which is also high   incorporated exercise into their lives,   Speaking of joints, osteoporosis       there are clear parameters for staying   of sticking to the program.   blood vessels in the brain, which can
             quality. The science is comprehensive,   it can be rather daunting; that “or   decreases the life quality of many     healthy. He recommends “a fitness   Mindset is vital. According to   indicate mini-strokes and give warning
             and performing some form of       else” speech from the doctor. There   people in their later years. It can be        level that enables you to move around   lifestyle expert James Clear, change   of greater dangers to come. Tai chi
             consistent exercise, regardless of age,   are many self-defeating thoughts that   prevented by the steady compression   without effort. Once you are in your   comes not from the necessity of   is also fabulous for mental serenity
             is fundamental to protecting you from   stop them from pulling on that tank   of the bones through resistance         mid-fifties or sixties, it is easier to   taking an action, but from what the   and the pace of the movements lend
             degeneration, both of mind and body.   top. For example, an oft used excuse   workouts.  One of the best is the rack   maintain fitness than to try and get   action tells us about our personalities.   themselves to beginners.
               The question is, when to start, and   is that they have too many aches and   squat, where a kettlebell can be used   into shape”.                     In his book Atomic Habits, he suggests   Getting fit is not easy, but the
             how to do so?                     pains to start working out regularly.    to increase the power required.               Those in the latter category - who   that if you are seeking change, ask   benefits far outweigh the difficulty of
               The answer to the first question   Another is that they are too old and   Indeed, resistance workouts are           have never been entirely active – need   what a fit person would do and do   getting out the door. Overcome the
             is simple. The earlier, the better. The   there is no point anyway.   key to maintaining a healthy body               to start slowly. Like any habit, getting   that. Would a fit person go out for a   mental barriers, and your life will be
             body starts declining from its peak   These might seem logical, but on   as you age. Senile sarcopenia is             into fitness is something that takes   walk, even though it is raining and you   improved and prolonged. The hardest
             powers in the early 30s, but the   closer inspection, they are not very   inevitable, so the more muscle gained       time to form. It is recommended that   have a bit of a sniffle? Yes, they would,   part of going for a run? Putting on
             period to start getting your house in   valid. Some form of exercise, even the   prior to becoming older the better.   the starting goal should be minimized.   because that is what fit people do. So   your shoes.

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