Have you ever noticed that some people seem to age better than others? It’s not about plastic surgery or looking good, it’s about basic science and how your body responds to specific foods and your activity level as you age.
While aging is a natural occurrence, it does tend to speed up after age forty. Muscles get weaker, flexibility lessens, energy gets lower, eyesight is strained, and memory isn’t what it used to be. The good news is that you can control and limit many of the physical effects of the aging process.
The 7 Secrets to Successful Aging
Sure, some of aging comes down to good genes but there are steps you can take at any age to slow and even reverse parts of the aging process.
- Eating More Protein
- Strength Exercises Everyday
- Engage Your Brain
- Stay Social
- Stay Active
- Get Enough Sleep
- Drink Plenty of Water
These 'secrets' can make the difference between aging and successful aging.
Eat More Protein
As we age, we experience a breadth of physical changes including loss of muscle mass, deterioration of cognitive function, a loss of flexibility and balance. None of these things are outside of your control.
Age-related muscle loss—sarcopenia—starts in your 40s and accelerates as you get older. The solution includes eating enough protein. How? You can slow the rate of muscle loss by taking in enough protein and the essential amino acids that make up a complete protein. In particular, the amino acid leucine is critical in muscle repair and preservation. If you get your daily required needs of leucine, as well as the other 8 essential amino acids to build protein, you can slow muscle loss.
Many older adults struggle to eat enough protein to maintain muscle mass and reverse the effects of age-related muscle loss. This is where high quality protein powders and daily supplement of the essential amino acids in REJUVENATE can make a big difference. The positive effects of REJUVENATE work on helping you retain and build lean muscle, even without exercise. Add some activity to your routine and it will work even better.
Strength Exercises Everyday
While it’s a good idea to get some cardio exercise into your routine, these kinds of exercises don’t do enough to strengthen and maintain what we need most as we age: muscle. A better option is to combine your favourite cardio (swimming, cycling, exercise classes) with strength training. The latter will help your body to build muscle, strengthen tendons and ligaments and improve your resistance to injury. How? Strong muscles = better flexibility and balance. If you have a strong core, you can prevent falls, which are a leading cause of injury for seniors.
You don't need a gym membership or a crazy weight routine, simple strength exercises like these can be done at home and are easy to do for beginners while still challenging for those who workout regularly -> 7 Strength Exercises You Can Do Without Going to the Gym.
Keep on Learning
Albert Einstein said it best: “Once you stop learning, you start dying.” You probably think about aging as it relates to your physical health but your mental health and wellness are critical too. Maintaining a positive outlook can help set you on the right path to successful aging and always keep learning. Are you interested in investing? Learn about it! Are you into crosswords and card games? Learn more and challenge yourself. Whether you want to learn the piano or a new language, it’s never too late to engage your brain.
When you no longer have a job to go to or kids to take care of, you might find a gap in your social life. The key is to mingle with people who have similar interests to yours. Do you like to travel but don’t have someone to travel with? There are clubs for that! What about a walking group? Cycling club? Book club? Art classes? Whatever your interests are, there’s a group out there for you.
A sedentary lifestyle, which many tend to after a certain age, is the absolute worst thing for your body and brain. To keep cells healthy and strong, you need to move. A sedentary lifestyle will speed up cell death. It doesn't have to be strenuous exercise use, it’s just important to keep moving, several times a week. Motivation can be hard, so find the key to get your feet going. Perhaps it’s a walking group that meets twice a week: you get the social and physical activity, at once! Get a dog and you’ll have to go out, rain or shine. Whatever motivates you best, seek it out and put it into your routine.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is when your muscles, organs and brain repair themselves from a day of activity and getting enough sleep takes on more value as you age. Many people tend to be more sedentary as they age: less movement = less need for sleep. If you remain active, with exercise and activities, you will find that you are more tired, physically, and will welcome the rest.
Drink Lots of Water
Our bodies are made up of about 60% water. When you are dehydrated, your cells begin to fade and won’t work effectively. From muscle and organ health, to brain / cognitive function, dehydration has a lot of important implications for your overall health. To add fuel to the fire, the aging process causes many people to not notice thirst as quickly as you would have in younger years. This can lead to even mild dehydration in short order, the symptoms of which include fatigue, the ability to think clearly, headaches, and constipation.
Successful aging is a combination of staying strong through diet and exercise and that is really the only secret there is. Add more protein, get rest, drink fluids, build some muscle, stay active physically and socially and enjoy those older years.
REJUVENATE is a patented blend of essential amino acids (incl BCAAs) that slows muscle loss, repairs and rebuilds muscle and strengthens your immune system to help you live stronger longer.