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The Aging Process: Can It Be Reversed?

June 6, 2016 by · Comments Off on The Aging Process: Can It Be Reversed?
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With regard to fitness, for many years, I have been outspoken about my support of sports and strength training as good alternatives to redundant exercises like treadmill workouts. Steve Holman, editor-in-chief of Iron Man Magazine, has taken that idea to the extreme with a new body shaping program designed to slow down and even reverse the aging process. But he’s not the only one interested in the concept of aging.

You may also be familiar with the Real Age Program, or with one of its founders, Dr. Mehmet Oz. Real Age asserts that your actual age is often not in synch with the biological condition of your body. Based on your level of conditioning and diet and other factors, your body may be aging at an accelerated rate. Real Age calculates your age based on your body’s condition and compares it your chronological age. The goal is to improve the body so its actual “real age” is at or below one’s biological age. To me, that is the basis for Holman’s approach: return the body to the youthful condition that it was in before declining fitness and other factors accelerated the aging process.

According to Steve Holman, after we reach the age of 40, our bodies start aging at a faster rate than they had to that point. Studies have shown that without the proper nutrients and exercise, our bodies are aging about 6 months extra for every year that passes! So, let’s say you’re 40. By the time you reach 50, you will look and feel 55. By the time you reach 60, you will look and feel 70 years old! I don’t know about you but that kind of aging does not appeal to me a whole lot.

Did you ever notice that the folks who stay the most physically active seem to be aging more slowly than others who don’t? In my mind, I picture a 63-year old woman gardening while her 65-year-old husband is chopping wood nearby and they both look like they’re in their 50s. Hmm… maybe that was a scene from a 1940s movie but I think it makes the point. They kept active with muscle taxing activities and no doubt felt and looked younger because of it. Steve Holman says that 90% of people over the age of 35 lose enough muscle every year to burn off an additional 4 pounds of body fat. The aging process really starts to catch up with us at that point. Muscle gives shape and strength to our bodies. As we know, when you lose muscle mass, you gain fat, even if the calories you take in stay the same. We don’t feel or look as good. Then we get depressed because we don’t feel and look as good. Then we give up on retaining our youth and it’s all downhill from there. Wow. That was depressing, huh?

Fear not! That doesn’t have to happen.

Both the folks at Real Age and Steve Holman insist that all of this accelerated aging is reversible. According to them, there are specific ways to move and eat that will slow down the rapid aging process to the point where you’re aging less than a year for every year. That means we can look younger in a few years than we do now? Now that is an aging plan we could get behind, right?

Not so fast. Are there drugs, supplements or expensive supplies to buy? No. Just food choices and targeted short-duration exercises are involved. Steve Holman says his years as a fitness magazine editor have allowed him to pick up tips, tricks and strategies from anti-aging experts over the years. And they don’t involve cycling classes or elliptical machines.

According to Steve, to get started, there are 5 rules one must absolutely follow if he or she wants to “slow the aging process, reclaim your health and achieve your ideal body”:

Forget low-fat diets. They lead to sugar addiction and we all know what that causes – fat storage!
Work out less. Resistance training done the right way burns fat and is a great cardiovascular workout, as well. Sports that tax muscles over the entire body can be effective, as well.
Drink water. Water renews your skin, helps burn fat, suppresses hunger and allows your kidneys to operate under less strain which allows your liver to burn fat like it’s supposed to.
Stop endless cardio workouts. Cardiovascular conditioning can be gained with far less time and effort. New studies are showing that long-duration exercise accelerate the aging process by increasing free radicals. These free radicals are scavengers that prey on your body’s essential nutrients and tissues.
Don’t blame your age for all your fitness issues. Studies have shown that men and women of every age, even those in their 90s, were able to gain muscle tone in just a matter of weeks of simple weight training.
Well, those are good guidelines to use to begin combating the aging process. There’s an old saying that goes something like, “I want to die as young as possible at as old an age as possible” (or something like that). I do follow the 5 steps already, though I would admit to not doing enough of #2. How about you? I have been told I look younger than I really am and that’s nice. Now if only I could reverse the aging process so I would feel younger…

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Recovering from Hip Replacement Surgery

August 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Recovering from Hip Replacement Surgery

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One of the most complex joints in the human body is the hip. In order for the thighbone to move smoothly and normally in the socket, the body must have healthy cartilage and adequate joint fluid.

Disruption of this system — disintegrating cartilage, fluid imbalance, fractures, etc. — can cause the joint to swell, bringing severe pain and stiffness that makes daily activities and work almost impossible. Osteoarthritis, overuse of the joint, injury and other medical conditions can cause these problems.

Treatment Options

If physical therapy and medication do not control hip pain or improve mobility, doctors may consider one of two surgical options. One treatment is hip resurfacing, a procedure that caps the ball of the joint with a metal prosthesis and replaces the socket. The other treatment option is hip replacement, a procedure that replaces the original joint with an artificial one.

Hip Replacement Surgery and Complications

Hip replacement surgery is a very serious procedure that requires a lot of preparation on the patient’s end. In addition, it is important that recovery plans and follow-up treatment are tailored carefully to the needs of the patient to ensure safe and effective healing. Without a proper recovery plan, complications and additional surgeries could follow.

The most common complications from hip replacement surgery are infection and blood clots. To reduce the risk of infection, patients are usually given antibiotics after surgery. To prevent blood clots, health care providers may choose medication and/or physical therapy.

Some patients experience complications with the hip implants themselves. Implants with two or more metal parts, including some made by manufacturers Biomet and DePuy, can lead to metal poisoning and other severe complications. Zimmer manufactures the Durom Cup, which can come loose and cause serious pain. Patients need to contact their surgeon right away if they have any serious complications after hip surgery.

Recovery

After hip replacement surgery, it is important to do mild strengthening exercises, such as contracting and releasing the leg muscles, and short pumps of the ankles. However, patients must limit the movement of their hips. Exercises should be initially performed with a physical therapist, and then at home after proper instruction has been given.

Patients should plan ahead to have family and/or friends assist them at home for at least the first week or two after hip replacement. In addition, patients will not be allowed to drive for up to four weeks and will need to plan transportation to doctor appointments, physical therapy and the grocery store.

After hip replacement, patients should avoid using lotions or oils on the hip area, especially around or near the incision. Keeping the area dry is important in order for the incision area to heal properly. Within one to two months, physical activities and daily routines should start to return to normal, however, these activities should be resumed gradually to avoid falls and other injuries that might damage the hip again.

Slow walks with leverage from a crutch or cane can be helpful during recovery. Patients should avoid steps, hills and slopes. Routine visits to the physician should occur at three, six and 12 weeks, as well as six and 12 months after surgery.

 

Jennifer Mesko is the managing editor of Drugwatch.com. She keeps the public informed about the latest medical news, recalls and FDA warnings.

Fitness For Senior Citizens by Thomas Shay

July 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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As people grow older, their fitness level goes down due partially to indifference and also due to the aging process. People in the age group of 60 – 80 come under this category.

Their problem relating to physical and mental health can be tackled in a planned and scientific manner. Fitness is affected not only by physical illness but also by mental stress. The problems are universal and similar if not identical, among all senior citizens, irrespective of social or financial standing.

When we talk of physical health it is mostly a matter of proper diet and exercise. A doctor will say “Take plenty of vegetables, fruits, milk with rice or wheat preparations” to vegetarians and will add meat, fish and poultry to non-vegetarians. He will also mention the proportion of each item.

The well to do can follow the doctor’s instructions meticulously, provided they have the inclination to do so on a permanent basis. That will keep them out of harm’s way. They can be free of stomach disorders and other related illness. The problem crops up for people who cannot afford what the doctor prescribes as diet. There is no solution in this case.

Light exercises are recommended for old people. Nothing will strain the aging parts of the body is allowed. The best form of exercise, for a senior citizen is a brisk or ordinary walk, according to his physical condition and strength, both in the morning and evening.

There will be a marked reluctance to do exercises regularly and it cannot be avoided. It will of course affect the fitness level. This goes for the diet also. Most aged people eat what they like but not well for their system and end up in a clinic.

So, it is a bit difficult task to keep themselves fit but the effort should be made by near and dear ones to enforce some sort of discipline at least in the matter of diet. But, there is a very different aspect for aged person losing fitness is mental trouble. It is mostly a feeling of being unwanted by the younger generation and consequent reluctance to take care of their health.

Old age homes though providing food, shelter and medical needs cannot help in this matter. Only love and affection from their children and other members can give solace in this problem. In fact in such a situation the senior citizens may remain physically fit also.

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Bodybuilding Health – Exercises For Senior Citizens by Machahi John Joel

June 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Crafting the ideal bodybuilding program

With the special concerns highlighted above, the training program, the bodybuilding exercises, the intensity and frequency of training must be precisely considered before setting up the ideal program. Remember that at this age, most senior citizens have assorted health complications ranging from hypertension, diabetes to kidney failures. The body is particularly susceptible to accumulating fats and the metabolism is usually skewed.

The contemporary health and fitness approach, that is the approach of initiating bodybuilding training as a means to optimal health and physical fitness, requires that everyone remains active in the gym, regardless of age. The idea therefore, is to design a bodybuilding training regimen that counters these age-borne adversities and thus maintains the body at a prime state.

The special features of their training program

The programs for older adults must feature:

 

  • Aggressive weight loss strategies
  • Increased cardiovascular exercises for a healthy cardiovascular system and weight loss
  • Moderate intensity in weight exercises to stimulate muscle growth
  • Endurance training to strengthen the bones
  • Proper diet rich in minerals like iron and calcium
  • Reduced training frequency (Ideally at two days a week)
  • Reduced training duration (Ideally at 35-45 minutes)

Ideal Kinds of Exercises 

There are particular bodybuilding exercises that must be incorporated in the training regimen for senior citizens. Remember that the exercises must be construed as intent on assisting the older adults regain or maintain their health and physical fitness. They should incorporate four distinct types of exercises namely:

 

  • Weight lifting exercises for strength (Maintain an intensity level between low and medium)
  • Balance exercises that stimulate physical fitness (Ideally done using free weights i.e. side leg raises)
  • Stretching exercises for flexibility
  • Endurance exercises that last longer but with a minimal intensity i.e. jogging, walking, swimming or riding a bicycle.

 

For these exercises, two workout sessions of 40 minutes each will be ideal. In most cases, a senior citizen is advised to contract a fitness trainer or at least to consult one regularly. This will ensure that his or her bodybuilding program is comprehensive, safe and beneficial. That means that they can craft a workout schedule like the following:

Monday

· Pre-workout warm up – 5 minutes

· Endurance exercises – 15 Minutes

· balance exercises for – 15 minutes

· Post workout warm up – 5 minutes

Thursday

· Pre-workout warm up – 5 minutes

· Stretching exercises – 15 Minutes

· Weight exercises for – 15 minutes

· Post workout warm up – 5 minutes

Two individuals cannot craft a similar bodybuilding regimen. Older adults must design their own program based on:

· Age

· Body strength

· History in the gym

· Medical status of health

· Body fat ratio

· Daily activity levels

· Diet program

· Diet supplementation

Conclusion

There are some particular issues that need to be considered even as the program takes off. Lets us regard these as safety tips that will assist senior citizens in deriving maximal benefits from bodybuilding training despite advance in age. Here they are:

· Consult the physician before initiating any bodybuilding training and severally while on the program

· The light activities should always begin a training session and the intensity should then increase gradually

· Warm ups are a must before and after a training session

· Keep the body well hydrated before, during and after workouts

· Rest durations must be at least 72 hours long

· Proper dressing and protective gear must always be worn while in the gym or on the track

There is a link between a bodybuilding lifestyle and optimal health. Once an individual strikes that link, he or she attains optimal physical fitness as a by-product. With the right information, you can easily set up a training regimen that is centered on bodybuilding health. From this program, muscle mass and strength will accrue and with it physical fitness.

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Memory Techniques For Senior Citizens – Secrets to a Lasting Memory! by Carson Hill

June 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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The mind is very capable of growing and generating beyond what we give it credit for! Senior citizens can greatly reduce their brains lack of focus by taking time for small brain stimulation sessions each day.

I recommend starting your brain exercise five minutes a day, Monday through Friday and gradually working up to a fifteen minutes a day session. The objective of the brain sessions is to only focus on the minds growth by stretching it beyond it’s normal though capacity.

Brain techniques can consist of anything that stimulates the mind beyond it’s normal thinking capacity. A great place to start is number memorization. The great thing about number memorization techniques is that it is simple and very easy to chart progress. It is also optimal for brain stimulation since numbers are not fairly plain and not distracting. When doing brain stimulation, you do not want to be in the creative, visual mode.

List about three to five numbers on a piece of paper. Now turn the paper over and see if you can remember what numbers you just wrote. Use thicker paper so you can not see the other side. Now add an additional digit until your brain is really having to stretch to remember them all. This is were the benefit results!

Do this for about fifteen minutes a day, five days a week and you will begin to notice additional focus ability and memory strength. These two assets go hand in hand!

You may incorporate other exercises as long as they do not distract you. keep the goal of your exercises mind resistance and not increased intelligence. Work your mind out just like you would a muscle.

Now that you understand the basic principle behind memory technique with an exercise method available, you can start to schedule five minutes of your day aside for this alone. You will be amazed how much this small exercise can help your ability to focus and remember.

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