Aging. It’s something that we all aspire to do well.

For most of us, we consider aging to be a passive thing; it just happens. But the good news is that there is another way. You can be actively involved in the process and positively impact the outcome.

After all, aging is a process. It’s an action. And just like other actions in our lives, if we practice them and learn new skills to improve how we do them, we can get better at doing them over time.

So, let’s talk about what aging is first. You’ve heard it said before that age is just a number. And in many ways, that’s true. We all know those people that look and perform 20 years younger than they are (and we also know their counterparts). More important than your age are the changes in these 10 biomarkers (the numbers that matter):

  • Loss of muscle mass. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
  • Loss of strength and balance. About a 20-30% loss between the ages of 55 and 65.
  • Decreased basal metabolic rate. AKA how many calories your body uses.
  • Increased body fat percentage. Nope, the dryer is not shrinking your clothes.
  • Loss of aerobic capacity. Huffing and puffing after climbing stairs.
  • Poor blood sugar tolerance. You become HANGRY (hungry and angry) easily.
  • Internal temperature goes down. And we head to south for the winter.
  • Cholesterol goes up, blood pressure goes up, bone density goes down. And your MD wants you to start taking medications.

But here is the GREAT news. Despite these possible changes, you only have to do ONE thing to slow down or even reverse all of these. 

Exercise!

Many health improvement goals are difficult or impossible to achieve without specific doses and types of exercise.

  • Aerobic exercise is essential for maximum cardiovascular risk reduction, stress management, and mood stabilization.
  • Strength training is essential for injury prevention, slowing of sarcopenia (the loss of muscle mass) and for increasing resting metabolic rate.
  • Balance training can decrease injuries and reduce the risk of falling for people with neurodegenerative diseases, as well as for elderly patients and those with osteoporosis.

Not sure where to start? Let me help. We start with an InBody test session to review your current body composition so we know how much muscle you currently have. Then, we talk about what type of exercise you’d like to incorporate and what type of equipment you have so that we can build a plan. Once a plan has been written, we head back to our private fitness studio where I show how to safely perform the exercises so that you can feel comfortable doing them on your own.

Now, what if you can’t exercise due to an injury, tendonitis or arthritis? We have you covered there too. Dr. Paulson’s blog article this month focuses on optimal diet and nutritional support can help you heal faster and reverse inflammation.

Want to schedule a time to meet? Call the office with any questions that you may have and we will get you started.