I specify Chronologically versus Biologically so you understand the two are not necessarily married to each other.
I have reviewed enough telomere tests to see a big difference, at least for some people.
I have also spoken not only about telomeres, but about what I consider to be the forgotten link to healthy living- the mitochondria.
Simply put these little sub cellular organelles supply you with the energy that makes you human and makes you YOU!
As we age they often start to fail, with significant consequences, including less and less energy.
The strange paradox of chronological aging is that you WANT to do more, and generally are more disciplined and have more financial resources to actually get more done.
While we can’t alter time, we can alter how much we get done in that time.
I designed the Mitochondrial Energy Bundle for exactly that reason. I have found that apart from the occasional aches and pains and little changes in vision, hearing and the like we are just as apt to want to achieve as much or more than we did 30 years ago. Then there is keeping up with the youngsters.
So here are a few things that I “wish I knew sooner”. Keep in mind a lot of this stuff was not around when I was 25 or 30 but that shouldn’t stop any of us from doing it.
- Warming up is probably one of the most helpful thing you can do to keep yourself pain free and functional. As annoying as it can be to add an extra 30 minutes into your workout routines before they actually start, warming up is something I wish I did much more of years back.
- Sleep properly and alter your workout load if you don’t. Sleep deprivation really wreaks havoc once you hit 50- much more so than in the decades before. Sweet Sleep Z can help you big time if you have problems this way.
- Whatever your diet is, don’t alter it on the days of a hard workout. IF you workout without eating fine. If you “need” to eat before hand do so, but don’t change things and expect it won’t have an impact.
- Allow for the impact of heat. If you run or workout outside in the heat, you might want to divide your workouts into 2 separate sessions, morning and evening.
- Leaner is better. Not skinny, but you do not need to carry around a lot of aesthetic muscle if you are over 40. Keep it functional!
- The harder you work out, the more you need to support your mitochondria.
You can be or do or have anything you want, but you have to respect your body and be open to changing things to accommodate its changes,
Keep at it!!!