What a difference 10 years makes
How many times have you thought about what better shape/health you were in 10 years ago than you are today? Then, the even better shape you were in 10 years before that? How many times have you looked back over the last five years and kicked yourself for not starting or doing something for yourself that would or could have made the shape you are in today better that what you’ve gotten yourself into?
Very few individuals can say that they are in better shape, better health and better “everything else” now than they were 10 years ago. If time has done this to our bodies these last 10 years, what’s it going to do to us over the next 10 years?
Let me walk you through a 10-year personal inventory. How’s your skin and hair? Finding your skin little more wrinkled and drier than years past? Is your hair a little more grey?
Have you lost any height? It’s normal for that to happen due to posture and compression of joints, bones and ligaments.
Having a little harder time hearing those high-frequency sounds and/or hearing your spouse and friends talking to you?
You wearing those reading glasses yet and finding that driving at night is a lot more difficult?
How’s your waistline doing these days, jeans still fitting the way you’d like them to?
How about your memory these days, is it all clicking the way it used to?
Got all your teeth? Here’s what really is happening to our aging body. Bones start to lose some mineral content and become less dense and strong. Also, our muscles lose their strength which result in our joints collapsing causing us to lose height and flexibility causing increased stiffness in those joints.
Over time, the body typically uses less energy causing our metabolism to slow resulting in increased weight gain and fatigue.
Our levels of hormones start reducing in our 50s. Men produce less sperm and slower sexual response; women stop ovulating and have all kinds of fun with menopause issues. These changes in hormones also result in a shift to more body fat and less muscle.
There’s even evidence that in our 30’s the brain’s weight, the size of its nerve network and its blood flow can begin to decrease.
The heart naturally becomes less efficient as it ages and must work a little harder during activities and daily living which can be stressful on the aging body. We can begin to have circulation problems.
Lungs become less efficient over time, supplying the body with less oxygen.
Kidney function also declines with age resulting in not clearing wastes products from the blood as effectively.
Dehydration becomes a problem as the body ages becoming very problematic, therefore requiring more attention.
So, now let’s look into our 10-year future selves. What would you like to do? Should we accelerate our aging process, experience normal aging or slow the next 10 years of aging down?
Doing nothing results in the continued/accelerated decline of your body and overall health. You will be 10 years older, and you will be in worse health and shape than you are today.
The good news is that it is possible to so slow down the aging process, and possibly even improve what’s been lost, but it’ll take work.
Start eating healthier, drinking plenty of water, multi-vitamins, antioxidants, use moisturizers and sunscreen, wear sunglasses and yearly preventative medical exams to name a few.
Every anti-aging article that I read, agrees that the biggest magic pill for slowing the aging process and staying youthful is exercise. Daily doses of exercise have been proven to reduce a number of aging health risk factors; stress, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. As well as improve on many of those “quality of life” factors that start to diminish like; aches and pains, flexibility, balance, breathing, posture, strength, alertness, sleeping better, lower body fat, endurance and so much more!
My question to you today is whether you are going to put off starting what you know will improve your quality of life now or wait for another 10 years and kick yourself for being 10 years worse than you should be.
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