Golden years or golden fears: But I don’t wanna get old!

If you are around people who are getting sick, do you take preventative measures to reduce the risk of catching an illness?

Whether you take a vitamin, Airborne, or even keep distance from those who are sick, your natural instinct is to protect yourself.  Why would you not do the same for your body and health as you age? Wouldn’t you want to prevent risk of increased bone loss, muscle loss, metabolism decrease, gaining of stomach fat and worst of all, chronic illness and cancer.  Beginning at the age of 30, we lose 3 to 5 % of muscle mass naturally each year.  The loss of muscle results in weight gain and loss of function.  Women tend to gain up to 15 pounds in their 40’s, especially in their mid section and men begin to notice loss of endurance and strength.  If you know that you can prevent these changes in your body and decide how you will live the rest of life, why wouldn’t you?  Weight resistance training is the prevention tool to maintain bone density, speed up metabolism, gain strength and muscle and improve mood.

As lifestyles change through decades, decide if you want to prevent it, or wait until your quality of living diminishes. If you constantly ask yourself how you can prevent weight gain, the answer is simple and scientific; build muscle by weight training.  If you feel fatigue or notice a loss of endurance from golfing, playing tennis, or even just waking up, reverse it and workout to release endorphins for mood enhancement.  If you feel joint pain, knee pain, or back pain, gain strength and mobility by exercising.  If you just want to stay young and feel good, weight train.  Weight training doesn’t mean heavy weight and building mass, it means you can use light weight and safely tone up.  Generally, ageing is not symptomless, so it is important to take preventative measures sooner than later.  If you are not active, you can gain almost 8-12 pounds a year and increase your chances of injury.  Don’t waste your time testing Spanx, pills, diets, unsafe medical procedures, or even doing nothing in the hopes it won’t happen to you: IT WILL!

As you notice changes in your body and mind through the ageing process and ponder quick fixes, just remember that you cannot outsmart nature.  Your quick fix will enhance the negative aspects of these changes. Do you want to lose belly fat?  Do you need more power in your golf swing, or more endurance in playing all 18 holes?  Do you want more stamina or a better mood?  Do you want to minimize joint pain and move freely whenever and wherever you want?  Do you want to live longer?  Then do it!  Look for a facility that tailors to these needs.  It can be motivating and become something you love, especially when you notice changes and feel better than you did even when you were younger. Preserve your quality of life for tomorrow by beginning your journey today!

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