Turn Back the Clock Naturally

 

by Dr. David Smithson

Exercise is one of the few ways you can turn back the clock naturally from the inside out. In your teens, twenties and for the most part, thirties, your body functions optimally – physical activity and balanced nutrition enhance the natural function and appearance of the body.  As we age, however, exercise and nutrition begin to fill in the gaps that aging has created.
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Strength training promotes levels of growth hormone, which also stimulates an increase in testosterone. For a man over 40, this can mean increased muscle mass, easier weight management and even improved libido. For women, lifting weights, even light weights, can sustain bone density and ward off osteoporosis.  When it comes to aging gracefully, resistance training will decrease the likelihood of slips, falls and debilitating bone fractures.

Cardiovascular exercise is beneficial for both sexes. Women generally find the cardio portion of the gym as their safety zone, but a relaxed ride on the recumbent bike will not give you the disease-fighting benefits that a vigorous glide on the elliptical or steady jog on the treadmill will. Men should mix up their weight routine with some intense cardio as well. Cardiovascular activity improves circulation, enhances libido, improves immunity and keeps your heart strong and healthy.r weight management and even improved libido. For women, lifting weights, even light weights, can sustain bone density and ward off osteoporosis.  When it comes to aging gracefully, resistance training will decrease the likelihood of slips, falls and debilitating bone fractures.

Stretching and flexibility training has gained popularity since Yoga and Pilates became more mainstream, but the population at large is still vastly lacking flexibility. Dynamic stretching before a workout and static stretching after a workout can reduce muscle soreness and reduce your risk of injury, certain types of arthritis and enhance posture.

Balancing your hormones can make your workouts easier and allow you to get the most out of your efforts.  Many of the aches and pains that keep us from participating in physical activity as we age are related to low levels of hormones.  A hormone specialist can help you assess your current levels and develop a plan to achieve balance that includes gradual routine physical activity – regardless of your age.

 

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