Blog - Richard Geres Personal Training - Weight-Loss, Fitness, Research
Sun, 1 November 2015
Over 40? Keep your youth, vigor and health by doing this!
Some of our clients in their 50s in top shape
When we reach our 30s, we notice that life is not eternal. The first wrinkles start to appear on our face and the figure we had in our 20s is just not quite like it was any more. Men start to develop tummies, and women gain weight either around their tummy area or around their hips and thighs, depending on their body-type (apple or pear-shape).
As we pass the age of 40, we realise that 50 is only a few years away, and our bodies now show clear signs of ageing.
The problem is, we only see the external cues.
We do not see whats going on inside our bodies, but trust me, lots of stuff is going on!
Here are just a few important health risks associated with ageing:
OxidationThe chemical process of producing energy creates highly reactive molecules referred to as free radicals, which create oxidative stress, causing damage to our cells, tissues, arteries and our DNA. Damage to DNA is the primary cause of cancer. Oxidative stress is also thought to be the primary driver of ageing and is associated with Alzheimers disease, eye diseases and arthritis.
InflammationAgeing is associated with development of chronic, low-grade inflammation which is the pre-cursor for heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
ArteriesWe develop a narrowing of arteries through fatty deposits inside our artery walls, reducing blood flow, which can eventually lead to heart attack and stroke if the blood flow is interrupted through a blockage.
Lower metabolic rateOxidative damage to our energy producing units, called mitochondria reduces our energy production and metabolic rate, resulting in weight-gain.
Muscle-lossAs we age, we lose 4% of muscle mass every decade after the age of 20. We lose body shape, muscle tone, bone density, strength, mobility, balance and coordination.
Weight-gainWeight-gain, especially in the tummy area is a big health risk. Tummy fat is not like normal fat. It produces chronic inflammation, an environment that promotes disease. People with tummy fat are far more likely to develop (pre)diabetes, high cholesterol, liver disease and high blood pressure than slim people.
What can we do to slow the ageing process?While we cannot stop the ageing process, we can definitely slow it down. Even more importantly, we can regain the energy, vigor and glow we experienced in our 20s. Regular exercise and a nutrient-rich diet rich in fruits and vegetables, our primary source of age-defying antioxidants, can work wonders on the body. It always amazes me how people start to look years younger after just a few months of exercising and eating better. Their faces radiate optimism, self-confidence and energy, qualities we only truly appreciate when we experience them.
According to Dr. Phil, exercise is the Number 1 anti-ageing medicine. Exercise reduces stress, which has negative health effects. Exercise improves circulation to the skin, which improves skin complexion. Exercise increases muscle tone and bone density, strengthens the heart and reduces the risk of certain cancers. It keeps us vigorous, energised, supple and flexible. If you sigh or grunt when you get off your chair, youre getting rusty. Its high time you get moving!
The solutionAs we get older, it gets harder and harder to motivate ourselves to exercise regularly. There are just too many distractions that we prioritise.
The only way to commit to a regular exercise programme and actually maintain it is to hire a coach that you become accountable to. Your regular appointments will ensure you don't slack in your attendance, and the motivation and guidance from your trainer will ensure that you achieve significant improvements in your fitness level. A properly supervised exercise programme will make you stronger, fitter and more flexible. Watch your tummy decrease, your muscle tone increase and your energy levels soar!
Package optionsOne-to-One Packages start from around EUR300 per month depending on package, and our Small Group packages are available from EUR145 per month, with a minimum 3-month commitment. We also offer monthly payment options.
If your well-being is important to you, give us a call today on 27877445 or book an appointment online to see how we can get you fitter, leaner, healthier and feeling younger.
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