4 Myths of Aging Debunked
Whether we are in our 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, etc…. we all want to feel our best. We want to be able to recover quickly when we are sick. We want to feel and look strong, healthy and happy for years to come. To do all the things we enjoy for as long as we possibly can. Well here is the good new…. We can!
The Myth of Aging – By Miranda Esmonde-White
Myth: Our brains grow only until we’re in our twenties – and then they start to die.
Truth: Neuroscientist have proved that, as long as we stay mentally active, our brains can actually keep growing ad adding brain cells well into our twilight years, through the miracle of “brain plasticity.” (And the most powerful booster of brain plasticity? Exercise.)
Myth: Our metabolism slows down when we hit 40.
Truth: If we do absolutely no exercise, yes, our metabolism will start to take a hit at 40. But study after study over the last 25 years has proved that people who consistently exercise three times a week can completely avoid age-relate metabolic slowdown and actually retain the same metabolism as people almost 40 years younger. 1-3
Myth: Our muscles inevitably fade away with each passing decade.
Truth: If we don’t use it, we will lose it. But if we do use it – meaning, if we engage our muscles – we don’t need to lose a single ounce of muscle. One University of Pittsburgh study looked at a cross section of 40 recreational athletes aged 40 to 81 who exercised four or five times a week. They underwent MI scans, body composition testing, and quadriceps strength testing; the researchers measured their muscle mass and the amount of fat under their skin and between their muscles. The researchers found that, with exercise, the athletes could retain exactly the same levels of lean muscle mass rom their forties into their eighties – in fact, some of the older exercisers had even more lean muscle tissue than the younger athletes. – 4
Myth: Our joints are destined to fail.
Truth: Our joints fail not from age but from mismanagement. If we learn how to protect our body from intense impact (by learning to walk gently), pay attention to range of motion in our training, and learn the proper ways to support our joints with flexible muscles, our original joints – the ones we are born with! – should remain healthy until our very last days.
We are all busy, juggling our work, family and all responsibilities of life. We say we don’t have time to exercise, or maybe we don’t make it a priority by scheduling it into our week.
Miranda Esmonde-White is now in her sixties. She is the creator of the Essentrics program. A program that “maximizes your exercise time investment by helping you achieve all of your strength, flexibility, balance, agility, and weight loss goals simultaneously.”
Yours in health and happiness,
Nancy "Shimmy" Gould
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A. P. Wroblewski, F. Amati, M. A. Smiley, B. Goodpaster, and V. Wright, “Chronic exercise preserves lea muscle mass in masters athletes,” Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, The Physician an Sportsmedicine, April 25, 2011: 171(8), web.