As human beings, when we get older things change naturally in our bodies.
So what changes should we be making to accomodate this as we get older? Well first things first – you should always put health before fitness and as we get older it becomes all the more important. A lot of people relate health to doing a lot of cardio vascular training and they judge their health by how much they can do or the duration they can do cardio for! That’s doesn’t necessarily confirm you’re a health speciman – it really just means you can run for a long time.
I would put health down to three principles. Eating well, moving well, and thinking well.
What is eating well? Let’s start with quality. All your foods should be packed with living enzymes; this will only come in good quality foods, such as the organic variety and maybe produce that is free range. You should avoid all simple sugars and your carbohydrates should come from a balance of leafy green vegetables as these are high in fiber and very important for the health of your immunity (the garden of the body). Males should be consuming healthy fats from good quality sources, such as fish and nuts – this is essential for male’s testosterone production.
Movement is the most natural act any human being can perform, so it is extremely important to be active in life. The majority of our time can be spent sitting in a car, sitting down by your desk at work and even spending a good amount of time on the couch at home. That’s the reality! So don’t think walking to the bathroom is enough movement! Walking is the most important and natural movement to us. Remember we are one of the only species that can walk up right and see it as a natural movement.
Walking also has huge benefits, for one – the cardio can be great for detoxification. You only detoxify when you sweat or pass fluid and the waste in your body. Females should make walking a priority, especially the older you are. Why? Well, when a females period cycle comes to an end as they age, their body stops releasing a lax hormone and their joints becomes stiffer and bones become slightly more brittle. Walking and moving on a regular basis will increase circulation which will help pass more nutrients to areas that have a low blood supply. Regular exercise will slightly increase bone density (wolfs law).
And what about thinking? The human though process dictates everything, so if you’re thinking something in your mind, you are already doing it. Clarity of thought is very important and if you think that you have a health problem – you will develop one. You should think positive, take time to think, challenge the mind to maintain it in a healthy state. If you develop mentally simply put – there is no limit to what you can do. If you believe you can run a marathon – you will run a marathon. Develop the mind through challenges and then use it to challenge the human body. You will be surprised what the body is truly capable of.
Train smart and live well
Until next time