What happens to your body as you age?

Today’s workforce is aging and over 50% of them belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Today, I want to take a closer look at your body’s normal aging process. I want YOU to ask yourself a very important question, “Do I have a choice over how fast my body ages and how can I slow this aging process?”Below, are a few things for you to consider.

What could you do to speed up your metabolic rate?

As you age…You probably know that by doing aerobic exercises; such as walking, biking, jogging, running and swimming we speed up our heart rate and how fast our bodies burn calories for energy. What you may not know is that Strength Training increases your metabolic rate faster over the long-term by increasing your lean muscle mass or strength. The more muscle you build the faster your metabolic rate. Therefore, the more energy you have for everyday activities….YEAH!!

What could you do to strengthen your bones?

As you age…Your body’s motor nerves begin to deteriorate, thus slowing your reaction time. You may have noticed that your balance doesn’t seem as good, as it once was or your hand/eye coordination isn’t as good when playing sports. Staying active and always challenging your body can slow this process. Our bones lose calcium, which can lead to the weakening of our bones, thereby increasing your risk for fractures and osteoporosis. Females reach their peak bone mass by approximately age 14-16, while males around the ages of 18-19. The more active you are with activities such as running, jumping, swimming, skipping, hopping, crawling and playing sports the healthier and more dense your peak bone mass will become; which will reduce your risk for future fractures and osteoporosis.

Drinking milk and/or taking calcium and magnesium supplements are also important to building strong and healthy bones. Milk truly does a body good.

What could you do to safeguard yourself from becoming diabetic?

As you age…your body’s ability to use glucose (sugar) in your bloodstream declines; therefore, increasing the risk for diabetes. There are approximately 17 million diabetics in the United States today costing $117 billion in annual health care costs.

90-95% of those being diabetic are typically adult onset-type II, due to their body’s inability to properly break down glucose (sugars) in the bloodstream. These sugars are used by the body for energy or their bodies can’t produce enough insulin.

The other 5-10% of diabetics must take the hormone insulin through daily injections or with the use of an insulin pump to survive. Diabetes is a HUGE epidemic in America today and is on the rise, as rates of obesity and inactivity continue to increase at staggering rates.

What’s really scary is the ever increasing number of people who are diagnosed each year with type II diabetes due to being overweight and inactive. 40% of adults today enjoy no leisure time that includes physical activity whatsoever. Sedentary habits begin in childhood. Almost three quarters (73%) of high school students fail to engage in moderate physical activity for 30 minutes most days of the week.

By watching what you eat and how much you eat, and doing strength and/or aerobic training, you can prevent diabetes (type II) or significantly improve your blood glucose control, thereby reducing the long term side effects of diabetes.

What could you do to increase your good cholesterol?

As you age…your HDL (good) cholesterol shifts to the favor of your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to increase your blood levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Increasing your intake of unsaturated fats, such as olive and canola oil, while lowering your intake of saturated fat, also has been shown to boost HDL levels.

What could you do to reduce your blood pressure?

As you age … your body has a steady increase in blood pressure. Exercising, watching what you eat or don’t eat and reducing your stress level are all beneficial … So pray, breathe, and exercise daily to keep your blood pressure lower. Check out some additional healthy eating facts at: http://www.successmeals.com/tools/healthy-eating-facts/

The question remains … “Do I have a choice over how fast my body ages and how can I slow this aging process?”

It’s clear to see that as you age, making the choice to eat healthy and stay active can help you slow the aging process.

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