It’s time for a #TrainingTips post and today’s post is all about staying young.
The worlds population has been growing larger year on year and this is not due to us producing more offspring (it helps of course) but it’s mainly due to us all naturally living longer. This may seem a little strange when we are living at a time when certain diseases like cancer for example and obesity seem to be more wide spread than ever, gripping all manor of ages and populations. Of course this longevity is due to the vast amount of medical treatments out there and drugs that can prolong our lives, BUT, this is also due to many more people taking notice and care of their bodies more and that’s where my focus wants to be in this article.
Some of the best Anti-Ages Tips from some of fittest old people themselves.
So below is going to be advise collected from people well into their retirement years, that are not only loving the adventures of life but also bossing the youngsters in all manner of sports and health activities.
Tip Number 1 – Eat Real Food
Tip Number 2 – Never Stop Learning
Tip Number 3 – Lift Weights
Tip Number 4 – Sprint
Tip Number 5 – Move
Tip Number 6 – Do Epic Things
Tip Number 7 – Stay Supple
Tip Number 8 – Have an Active Sex Life
Tip Number 9 – Don’t hold on to Grudges
What’s the commonality in most of these? 7 out of those 9 tips are all about ‘DOING’. Doing something new and continuing to move and not willing to stand still too long. But what do most of us do as we age, we slow down!! WHY!!!! The tips above are testament themselves to why taking the slow road shouldn’t be an option.
But here’s some science for you to help back up the advice from the oldun’s. Ageing is down to a decline in our metabolic rate, on average individuals experience at 2-4% decline in their resting metabolic rate (RMR) with each passing decade after the age of 25. This means that people can look forward to an ever diminishing metabolic rate from their mid 20’s. Oh Joy!!
So for example with this decline a person of 25 may have an RMR of 1500 kcals, at 35 that RMR could be about 1400 kcals, 1300 kcal at 45, 1200 kcal at 55 and so on. So lets just think of this first fact, if you don’t adjust your nutrition intake as you age to account for this decline in your RMR as well of your ever slowing inactivity, you’re going to be constantly in a positive energy balance (basically consuming more than your bodies expenditure), which will result in weight gain. Not good is it?
This metabolic decline comes from the result of lean muscle loss. On average people lose about 5lb of lean mass per decade between the age of 25 and 65. So from 25 to 65 that’s a 20lb loss in lean muscle mass.
So just to recap. As you age you will lose lean muscle mass and your metabolism will slow down.
So let’s just imagine you don’t slow down and you keep active, learning new things, shifting tin weekly, eat real food and everything else from the tips above. You might just be doing yourself a favour. And here’s why. Muscle is metabolically active. If you take the right steps to continue to be active and preserve your muscle mass with age, you will help to preserve much of your RMR and actually slow down the ageing process (I’m not saying this is a cure for wrinkles though, sorry).
There you have it, whether you take on board the sciencey stuff from me doesn’t matter. What matters is that you listen to the tips that come from the people that are living it, they are proof enough.
Yes it’s nice to stand still and chill but don’t let it become your whole life.
Have a great weekend guys.
Stay strong and live, love and laugh!